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Does Your Volkswagen Car Have a Defeat Device Installed?
Call Today, You May Have a Volkswagen Lawsuit!
Why Are Volkswagen Lawsuits Being Filed?
The Volkswagen lawsuits allege that the car manufacturer violated “Consumer Protection” statutes by intentionally misleading customers. Lawsuits say that the car manufacturer allegedly downloaded software, called a defeat device, onto their cars so that they would pass emissions tests. The software can detect when a car is being tested for emissions and turn on its efficiency systems only for the duration of the test. The system then turns off the emissions systems while the car is in everyday use.
The company marketed these lines of cars as more environmentally friendly than their competitors, even though the cars may actually create more environmentally destructive emissions. This marketing is alleged to be intentionally deceptive so as to trick environmentally conscious consumers into buying the vehicles.
What Models of Volkswagen Are Affected?
Volkswagen, who owns Audi, fitted the defeat devices on those two brand’s 4-cylinder TDI engines. Affected units include:
- 2009 – 2015 Volkswagen Jetta
- 2009 – 2015 Volkswagen Beetle
- 2009 – 2015 Volkswagen Golf
- 2014 – 2015 Volkswagen Passat
- 2009 – 2015 Audi A3
Over 11 million cars worldwide are supposedly equipped with the “defeat device” software. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that up to 500,000 affected cars are here in the U.S.
Why Did Volkswagen Allegedly Add the Defeat Device?
Volkswagen allegedly installed the defeat devices for several reasons. First, if the company allowed the emissions system to run the way that it was supposed to, it would affect the performance of the car. By installing the software, the car would perform at high levels while being driven normally, but emit up to 40 times the legal amount of greenhouse gasses.
Second, by marketing their vehicles as having “clean” engines, Volkswagen induced environmentally conscious consumers into buying their vehicles. If Volkswagen did not intentionally mislead those car buyers, they may have never bought those cars. By allegedly cheating the system, Volkswagen was able to sell its cars to many more people than it would have been able to.
What Is a Volkswagen Lawsuit Worth?
It is difficult to tell at this early point how much these lawsuits will be worth. The EPA has only recently announced its investigation and these lawsuits are in the earliest stages of their life. So far, dozens of lawsuits have been filed against Volkswagen and many more are expected.
Recently settled similar investigations of car manufacturers include a $1.2 billion settlement against Toyota for failing to disclose that its cars had a defective accelerator, and $900 million against General Motors for failing to disclose its defective ignitions. An eligible consumer, who files a lawsuit against Volkswagen, may be entitled to thousands of dollars in damages.
What Has the Government Done About the Volkswagen Defeat Device?
The EPA ordered Volkswagen to recall the 500,000 affected cars in the U.S. They also warned that under current environmental laws, Volkswagen could be fined up to $18 billion. The government has shown over the last few years that it intends to crack down on companies that try to take advantage of their consumers through fraud and deceit.
Why Call Us?
If you purchased a Volkswagen car that had a defeat device installed on it, then you may be entitled to compensation. Our firm is working with experienced Volkswagen emissions lawyers around the country, who may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf and charge no legal fee unless you receive a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll fee number or fill out a contact form online.