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Over 480,000 diesel passenger cars were recalled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency across the United States on September 18, 2015. This recall covers Volkswagen and Audi vehicles sold since 2008. The recall covers the following models of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles:
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf
- 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat
- 2009-2015 Audi A3
It was discovered that these cars would activate their full emission control systems only during official emissions testing. These controls would automatically switch off during normal driving conditions, causing the vehicles to emit significantly greater amounts of pollutants, a violation of U.S. clean air laws.
How Volkswagen’s Misleading Advertising and Fraud May Have Harmed You
Many buyers believed they were helping the environment when they decided to purchase these cars. The Audi’s and Volkswagen’s were marketed to consumers as fuel efficient vehicles that would emit low levels of pollutants. One such example is that Volkswagen campaigned the fact that "this ain't your daddy's diesel, stinky, smoky, and sluggish." Anything associated with such promoted features are now doubtful and, now has affected the resale and/or trade-in value of those vehicles.
The EPA states that the recalled Audi and Volkswagen cars emit as much as 40 times the national standard of nitrogen oxide (NOx). Diesel engines, by their very nature, emit more NOx than gasoline engines. NOx has been causally linked to lung illnesses, including asthma.
To date, Volkswagen has not disclosed what actions they will take to repair the vehicles. It is likely that Volkswagen will reprogram the onboard computers in an attempt to repair the full emissions control systems during all driving conditions. Although this may repair the problem, automotive writer Bill Visnic has confirmed that reprogramming the engine to decrease NOx emissions to acceptable levels will reduce engine power and torque. “This means that on-the-road performance will be compromised. The reprogramming could mean that the diesel engines’ outstanding fuel economy, the primary reason most people buy a diesel, will also be reduced.”
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If you have purchased or leased a 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, or Golf, a 2009-20015 Audi A3 or a 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat, which is equipped with a diesel engine, please contact Zinda Law Group today. We offer a free evaluation of your case to determine whether or not you have a claim. We can assess your potential claim and answer any questions or concerns of yours.
Legal Rights of Consumers
As consumers, you have several options available through state and federal laws when products are deceptively advertised or do not perform up to the standards marketed. Even in circumstances where the warranty period for the product has expired, consumers can benefit from the consumer protection laws.
While individual claims are usually too expensive to litigate, consumers can file class action lawsuits collectively. In that case, a small number of consumers can file a class action suit and represent all consumers who purchased the defective product. Consumers can get corporations to acknowledge their responsibilities and provide compensation to the individual class members by filing class action lawsuits.
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