As you may be aware, Federal and State investigations into Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars have revealed that the 2009 to 2015 diesel models were intentionally equipped with software which cheats on US emissions tests.
As a result, these vehicles are not in compliance with EPA emission mandates. Once the fraudulent software is disabled, the vehicles lose performance, MPG is greatly reduced and the vehicles cannot comply with mandated pollution regulations.
The Chiozza Law firm is investigating claims for any consumer who purchased a Volkswagen or Audi Diesel vehicle from 2009 to the present day. Millions of the company’s diesel vehicles sold worldwide were outfitted with engine software which restricted pollution only when it was being tested for it.
This piece of software is called a defeat device. When not being tested, the vehicles emitted up to 40 times the amount of the smog-causing pollutant nitrogen oxide than is allowed by law. Volkswagen Group of America’s chief executive admitted “we have totally screwed up.”
Volkswagen said it has already set aside $7 billion to cover the costs of fixing the cars.
The vehicle models at the center of this litigation are:
- 2009-2015 Jetta TDI
- 2009-2014 Jetta TDI Sportwagen
- 2012-2015 Beetle TDI
- 2012-2015 Beetle TDI Convertible
- 2010-2015 Audi A3 TDI
- 2010-2015 Golf TDI
- 2015 Golf TDI Sportwagen
- 2012-2015 Passat TDI
Even as it produced diesel vehicles it knew would not pass emission standards without the defeat device, Volkswagen continued to run television commercials for the past several years touting its “clean diesel” vehicles. It wasn’t until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatened to withhold certification of the company’s 2016 diesel models that the company admitted to installing the defeat devices. According to the EPA, VW could be liable for up to $18 billion in penalties for installing the software in over 500,000 VW and Audi vehicles sold in the US.
Volkswagen and Audi are recalling vehicles for repairs after it was discovered the company programmed engine management software in some diesel cars to turn on emission controls only when being tested. Once those cars were put on the road, they would emit up to 40 times more emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency said.
Volkswagen is also halting the sales of some of its cars within the U.S. The damages to our potential clients include loss of value, inability to sell vehicles, reduced efficiency, and greatly increased eco footprints for cars advertised as “Clean Diesels.”
Anyone who owns a Volkswagen or Audi diesel, year models 2009-present, should call us immediately. Call The Chiozza Law Firm at 901-526-9494 to review your rights and claims for damages.