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Volkswagen Diesel Recall Lawsuits

Volkswagen ‘TDI Clean Diesel’ Engines

Volkswagen’s “Turbocharged Direct Injection” or “TDI” diesel-powered engines were supposed to give drivers the best of both worlds, offering fuel-efficiency and eco-friendly emissions combined with exceptional vehicle performance and drivability. But as drivers have found out, Volkswagen’s talk about “clean diesel” failed to live up to the hype surrounding these engines.

The TDI diesel engine was designed to work by a process of direct injection, using a fuel injector to spray fuel directly into the engine’s combustion chamber, rather than into a pre-combustion chamber like indirect injection engines. This direct injection process would allow the engine to perform more efficiently, delivering greater power output for the vehicle while also delivering lower emissions and greater fuel efficiency.

This combination of performance and environmental friendliness led many drivers to choose Volkswagen or Audi “clean diesel” vehicles over other less powerful eco-friendly cars, such as the Toyota Prius or Nissan Leaf. Millions of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with “TDI Clean Diesel” engines have sold by VW in recent years, including Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Passat TDI, Golf TDI, Jetta Sportwagen TDI, Beetle TDI, and the Audi A3 TDI. Volkswagen AG vehicles were awarded the “Green Car of the Year” award two years in a row, with the Volkswagen Jetta TDI winning in 2009 and the Audi A3 TDI winning in 2010.

Problems With Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Engines

However, Volkswagen recently admitted that its “TDI Clean Diesel” engines were not nearly as eco-friendly as the company had claimed. After an investigation revealed that Volkswagen and Audi vehicles with TDI engines emitted 40-times the EPA-maximum level of the pollutant nitrous oxide, Volkswagen confessed that it had equipped the vehicles with a “defeat device”, which was designed to hide these high pollution levels during vehicle emissions testing.

As a result of this deception, Volkswagen has been forced by the EPA to recall about 500,000 VW and Audi vehicles sold in the U.S. with TDI diesel engines. Volkswagen will be required to develop a plan to fix the high level of pollution emitted by these vehicles—a fix that will likely entail lowering the performance and drivability of these vehicles far below the levels that drivers expected when they chose these vehicles.

In November 2015, the EPA announced that “defeat devices” had been found on several light duty diesel vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen. These additional vehicles were equipped with 3.0 liter engines sold by Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche during the 2014-2016 model years, including the Volkswagen Touareg, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Audi A6 Quattro, A7 Quattro, A8, A8L, and Q5.

Lawsuits Filed By Volkswagen and Audi Owners

If you purchased or leased a Volkswagen or Audi vehicle equipped with a “TDI Clean Diesel” engine involved in the recent Dieselgate recall—or other diesel-powered vehicles equipped with a “defeat device” by Volkswagen—you may have been the victim of a deliberate and egregious act of fraud on the part of this company. VW, Audi, and Porsche owners may see significant declines in the performance of their cars after Volkswagen makes the emissions repairs to their vehicles mandated by the EPA. Drivers may also be unable to sell their cars due to uncertainty surrounding the Volkswagen recall.

VW, Audi, and Porsche owners whose cars were equipped with a “defeat device” may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Volkswagen for the years of fraud that it perpetrated on consumers. Dozens of product liability and class action lawsuits against Volkswagen over the emissions cheating scandal have already been filed.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are handling cases on behalf of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche drivers whose diesel-powered vehicles have been implicated in the “Dieselgate” scandal. For more information about filing a lawsuit against Volkswagen and to find out whether you may be eligible to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.