Volkswagen has announced that it will recall about 500,000 VW and Audi diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S. The company has admitted that it equipped the recalled vehicles with a â€śdefeat deviceâ€ť that was designed to conceal the vehiclesâ€™ high pollution levels during emissions testing. About 11 million Volkswagen and Audi vehicles worldwide were equipped with the â€śdefeat deviceâ€ť.
The emissions issue with Volkswagenâ€™s â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť engines was first uncovered by researchers who uncovered a problem with diesel-powered vehicles equipped with Volkswagenâ€™s EA188 and EA288 engines. The researchers noticed a discrepancy between the vehiclesâ€™ emissions levels in a controlled setting versus real-world conditions. Researchers found that Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with the â€śclean dieselâ€ť engines were emitting 40-time the EPA maximum level of nitrous oxide when driven on the road, even though they appeared to emit normal pollution levels when tested in a lab.
Volkswagen initially denied that the discrepancy was part of a deliberate effort on the part of the company. However, the automaker was forced to admit that it had deliberately misled car buyers and regulators about the performance and fuel economy of its â€śclean dieselâ€ť vehicle when the EPA threatened to take the extraordinary step of withholding approval of Volkswagenâ€™s 2016 line of TDI-equipped vehicles unless the company could explain the discrepancy.
After admitting that it had deliberately concealed the truth about its supposedly eco-friendly diesel technology, Volkswagen announced plans to recall hundreds of thousands of â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť automobiles sold in the U.S.
The vehicles that will be part of the recall include the following models and years:
However, Volkswagen will not be able to implement the recall of its diesel-powered models until it submits a plan to the EPA showing how it will address the emissions issues with these vehicles. Whatever solution the company proposes, it will likely mean a drastic reduction in the performance and drivability of the recalled vehicles in order to achieve the EPAâ€™s fuel emissions standards under the Clean Air Act.
In NovemberÂ 2015, the EPA released a list of several additional VW models that were also equipped with a “defeat device” to evade emissions limits. Unlike the 11 million TDI models recalled by Volkswagen, the additional list of vehicles involved light duty diesel vehicles withÂ 3.0 liter engines. The list of vehicles in the EPA’s warning included the 2009-2016Â Volkswagen Touareg TDI, theÂ 2009-2016Â Audi Q7, theÂ 2013-2015Â Porsche Cayenne, and theÂ 2014-2016Â Audi A6 Quattro,Â Audi A7 Quattro,Â Audi A8 Quattro,Â Audi A8L Quattro, andÂ Audi Q5 Quattro.
Evidence uncovered during investigations into the â€śDieselgateâ€ť scandal revealed that problems with Volkswagenâ€™s diesel-powered vehicles amounted to a massive case of corporate fraud stretching over several years, involving millions of vehicles, and billions in profits. Dozens of product liability and class action lawsuits against Volkswagen have already been filed nationwide by VW and Audi vehicle owners who have come to realize that they were lied to by VW about the drivability and eco-friendliness of their cars.
Drivers who purchased or leased one of the Volkswagen, Audi, or PorscheÂ vehicles Â involved in the Dieselgate scandal may be eligible to take legal action against VW for the egregious acts of fraud perpetrated by the company. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your situation to find out if you qualify.
For a free legal consultation about filing a lawsuit and to learn more about the status of litigation against Volkswagen, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form at the top of this page and answering a few simple questions about your case to get started.