Volkswagen CEO Matthias Muller announced in January that that the companyâ€™s recall of 8.5 million diesel-powered vehicles in Europe affected by the companyâ€™s emissions cheating would begin at the end of that month. Volkswagen first announced that it would recall millions of VW and Audi â€śclean dieselâ€ť cars in September when news of the emissions scandal was made public by the company.
The 8.5 million VW and Audi vehicles being recalled by Volkswagen in Europe will receive low-cost repairs to bring them into compliance with European auto regulations. Volkswagen has admitted that it installed a software â€śdefeat deviceâ€ť on 11 million diesel powered vehicles sold worldwideâ€”including the 8.5 million European vehiclesâ€”which was designed to hide the carsâ€™ high emissions levels from regulators, making them appear to emit significantly lower levels of greenhouse gas pollution than they actually did.
Volkswagen has yet to reach an agreement with the EPA that will allow the company to recall VW and Audi diesel models sold in the U.S. Because the recalled â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť models emitted levels of pollutants that were up to 40 times higher than the emission standards set by the EPA, any solution proposed by Volkswagen to fix the problems caused by the companyâ€™s emissions cheating will likely mean a drastic reduction in the performance and drivability of these vehicles for U.S. car owners.
The vehicles included in the Volkswagen diesel recall include the 2009-2015 Audi A3 TDI, the 2016 Audi A6 Quattro, the 2016 Audi A7 Quattro, the 2016 Audi A8, the 2016 Audi A8L, the 2016 Audi Q5, the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle TDI, the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI, the 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, the 2012-2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI, and the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg. The EPA has also identified a number of VW-manufactured light duty diesel vehicles with a 3.0 liter engine that were also equipped with a defeat device, including the 2009-2016 VW Touareg TDI, the 2014-2016 Audi A6 Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi A7 Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi A8 Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi A8L Quattro, the 2014-2016 Audi Q5 Quattro, the 2009-2016 Audi Q7, and the 2013-2015 Porsche Cayenne.
Volkswagen is currently facing hundreds of lawsuits filed by owners of the VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles involved in the emissions cheating scandal. The German automakers may also be facing billions in fines as a result of a Justice Department lawsuit filed over the Dieselgate scandal. Legal experts say that executives and engineers at VW may also face criminal charges over the companyâ€™s emissions cheating, although so far no charges have been filed in the U.S.
Volkswagen says that it is currently working with the EPA and other environmental regulators to formulate a plan that will allow the company to recall the roughly 580,000 â€śclean dieselâ€ť models sold in the U.S. The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently rejected a recall proposal submitted by Volkswagen, stating that the plan did not do enough to address key underlying emissions issues with the companyâ€™s 2009-2015 diesel models.
Owners of one of the Volkswagen or Audi â€śTDI Clean Dieselâ€ť models that were recalled by VW may be eligible to join the numerous lawsuits that have already been filed against the German automakers. Numerous commercial fraud lawsuits and class action litigation claims have already been filed against Volkswagen by VW and Audi owners who purchased or leased one of the recalled automobiles. As Volkswagenâ€™s admissions in the Dieselgate scandal have made clear, the company knew for years that it was selling vehicles that failed to meet U.S. emissions standards and fraudulently lied to its customers by touting the eco-friendly technology of these vehicles.
The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuit on behalf of VW owners whose vehicles were affected by the companyâ€™s emissions cheating. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was recently named to the Plaintiffsâ€™ Steering Committee of attorneys who will oversee the early stages of the Multidistrict Litigation (or MDL) in California involving the Dieselgate scandal. Our attorneys expect to remain involved in these cases throughout the litigation process as we work to achieve the best results possible for our clients who were harmed by Volkswagenâ€™s fraudulent conduct.
If you purchased or leased one of the VW, Audi, or Porsche diesel-powered vehicles involved in the Dieselgate recall, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson to learn more about whether you qualify to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation about your case, please contact us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few simple questions to get started.