Volkswagen owners like you have been hit right in the pocketbook. The value of your vehicle literally dropped overnight when news of the emissions scandal broke. Loyal VW customers who paid $10,000 or more to protect the environment learned that their “clean” diesel engines could spew out 35 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide. Many customers like you have felt anger, frustration, and betrayal.
Volkswagen has admitted that its TDI diesel engines were designed with software that cheated emissions tests. The affected TDI engines falsely appear to be “green” when in fact they can pollute at levels up to 35 times the legal limit. VW has been in discussions with the National Highway Transportation Safety Board about ways to fix the polluting VW, Audi, and Porsche diesel engines, as well as a possible recall.
Volkswagen made a meager offer to some owners. But if you purchased an automobile with one of these engines, you did not get what you paid for. You deserve better.
Volkswagen TDI Diesel Engine Recall Lawsuit
Volkswagen claimed to be one of the leading manufacturers of clean diesel-fueled cars in the US. The vehicles were promoted as clean diesel cars, and the manufacturer charged customers extra money for TDI models compared to equivalent models with gasoline-powered engines.
They were sold as offering greater fill-up ranges, more miles per gallon. Volkswagen Company reported to American consumers that these vehicles incorporated engine technology to eliminate the main disadvantage of diesel fuel, high emission of pollutants.
Volkswagen Diesel Emission Fraud
In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that the Volkswagen success story was a lie. The company later admitted to using a defeat device on the vehicle engines to trick the emission tests. Under laboratory conditions, the car emissions remain under the legal limit, while on the open road, the emissions might be 40 times higher than the limit.
Volkswagen manufacturers confessed their misconduct and indicated their intent to fix the affected TDI automobiles at no charge. If you were affected by this diesel emission fraud, you might be eligible for reparation.
TheIdaho Personal Injury Lawyer at Litster Frost Law Firm is dedicated to holding the companies that deliberately mislead consumers like Volkswagen accountable for their actions.
VW and AUDI TDI Vehicles Models
Volkswagen has established that eight VW gasoline models have emissions defeat devices. The car models involved in the recall include:
- Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2009-2015
- Volkswagen Beetle Convertible TDI, 2012-2015
- Audi A3 TDI, 2010-2015
- Volkswagen Jetta Sportswagen TDI, 2009-2014
- Volkswagen Passat TDI, 2012-2015
- Volkswagen Beetle TDI, 2012-2015
- Volkswagen Golf TDI, 2010-2015
Dealerships and Owners Affected the Emission Scandal
Volkswagen’s deceitful engagements mean that the evoked TDI vehicles cannot pass the pollution tests throughout the US. Additionally, with the ambiguity around the company’s clarification to the issue, dealers and possessors might find it hard to sell their wagons without a significant economic loss. Most people believe that fixing the issue to meet emissions standards will have adverse effects on the car’s performance and resale prices.
Volkswagen Owners Have 3 Options
- Accept VW’s current proposal
- Join a national class action with an out-of-state law firm, which we do not recommend
- CALL US at (208) 333-3333 to find out how much your individual claim can potentially be worth
We want to make sure you get what you deserve – full and fair compensation for the willful deception Volkswagen has admitted.
In an attempt to compensate for their misconduct, Volkswagen has a proposed settlement. Vehicle owners have an option of a buyback or a fix plus compensation that ranges from $5,100 to $10,000 per owner, depending on the vehicle model. Those with leased vehicles will receive an average of $3,500 in reparation and can dismiss their leases.
Volkswagen has made some meager offers to owners of these vehicles. Those offers are weak—a $500 gift card, $500 in oil changes, and 3 years of roadside service. It is your decision whether you accept this offer, but we do not recommend that you release any claim or rights if you do. Your claim is probably worth much more than this measly offer.
If you do choose to accept the offer, you should consult an attorney to be sure that you do not release your claim. Be warned; Volkswagen is hoping that you will be satisfied with their low-cost offer and stop pursuing your claim. If retained on your case, The Litster Frost Injury Lawyers team would demand on your behalf:
- $10,000 or more if you paid extra to get a “green” vehicle
- Diminished value of $10,000, $20,000 or more for the loss of the market value of your car due to VW’s deception
- Treble damages for fraud or three times the amount of actual damages in certain cases of intentional fraudulent conduct
- Treble damages available under the federal anti-corruption law, RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act). If granted, treble damages awards could be $150,000 per vehicle
- Punitive damages designed to punish a company’s bad intentional conduct
- Attorney fees. Your attorneys will demand that VW pay your attorney fees, potentially giving clients thousands of dollars in additional compensation
Contact an Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer
Volkswagen, Porsche, and Audi owners who bought one of the diesel-powered cars involved in the recall may be entitled to filing a complaint about the fraud and mislead from Volkswagen about the fuel efficiency and performance of its vehicles.
If you are one of the victims, the first step of taking legal action is hiring an experienced attorney who is familiar with conducting product liability and commercial class action lawsuits. Such big companies have a team of lawyers working to protect their interests, and it’s only fair that you have legal representation.
If you leased or purchased a Volkswagen, Porsche, or Audi gasoline model, talk to an Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer at Litster Frost to understand your lawful possibilities and confirm if you are eligible to file a claim.
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