Attention: Chris Seeger, Partner, of Seeger Weiss LLP is currently investigating Volkswagen claims related to the recent recall. Seeger Weiss LLP is a leader in consumer class action lawsuits and has extensive experience taking negligent and deceptive auto manufacturers to trial.
Car manufacturers continue to make headlines for engaging in fraudulent, deceptive, and irresponsible behavior and cheating the American consumer. Yet the recent Volkswagen/Audi engine recall may be one of the most egregious in recent years. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted to installing illegal software in diesel cars that purposefully turned off emission controls during emissions testing. This software allowed Volkswagen to “cheat” emissions standards that were tightened in 2009.
As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the recall of over 500,000 vehicles, including:
- Jetta (model year 2009-2015)
- Beetle (model year 2009-2015)
- Golf (model years 2009-2015)
- Passat (model years 2014-2015)
- Audi (model years 2009-2015)
- A1, A3, A4, A5, & A6
What does this mean for Consumers?
Consumers were misled into purchasing or leasing an environmentally friendly car that actually spewed 40% more pollutants than advertised and well over the U.S. standards. They now own cars that do not comply with U.S. emission standards and are decreasing in sales value because of it. In addition, any fix that Volkswagen applies in coming months will likely adversely affect the vehicles’ overall performance and fuel economy.
Would you have still bought your Volkswagen if you knew what you know now?
Volkswagen owners now have the option of filing a class action lawsuit or a personal lawsuit against Volkswagen for purposefully deceiving them into purchasing their diesel car.
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