San Antonio Volkswagen Recall
On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the recall of over 480,000 diesel passenger cars manufactured by Volkswagen and Audi. The recall covers the following models of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles:
- 2009-2015 Audi A3
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle
- 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf
- 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat
The cars, manufactured and programmed by Volkswagen, were programmed to only activate their full emission control systems during official emissions testing. These emission controls would automatically switch off during normal driving conditions, causing the vehicles to emit significantly greater amounts of pollutants in violation of U.S. clean air laws.
How Volkswagen’s False Advertising and Fraud Have Harmed You
These vehicles were advertised to consumers as fuel efficient vehicles that would emit low levels of pollutants. Many consumers relied on these claims when they made the decision to purchase these vehicles, and trusted that by choosing these vehicles they were helping the environment. Volkswagen repeated and consistently emphasized their fraudulent emissions results, with one ad campaign championing: “this ain’t your daddy’s diesel, stinky, smoky, and sluggish.” With the discovery that these advertised features were fraudulent, the resale and/or trade-in value of these cars will be impacted.
Just one the troubling findings is related to the emission of Nitrogen oxide. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) exposure has been directly linked with lung illnesses, including asthma. The accumulation of NOx can harm drivers, passengers, and anyone else present in a high emissions area. The EPA discovered that the recalled Audi and Volkswagen vehicles emit up to 40 times the NOx allowed by national safety standards.
To date, Volkswagen has not publicized what it will try to do to fix individual cars. A likely possibility is that Volkswagen will try to reprogram the onboard computers in order to restore the full emissions control systems during any and all driving conditions. Even if this successfully resolves the emissions problem, Bill Visnic, an automotive writer, has stated that reprogramming the engine to get 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.” In short, any attempt to fix emissions will likely be accompanied by a failure of the vehicles to meet performance or fuel-economy claims that Volkswagen made when it advertised these vehicles, further reducing their resale or trade-in value.
Call Zinda Law Group Today
If you have purchased or leased a diesel-equipped 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta, Beetle, or Golf, a 2009-20015 Audi A3, or a 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat, please contact Zinda Law Group today. We will evaluate your case for free and answer any questions you may have.
Legal Rights of Consumers
Both state and federal laws consumer protection laws prohibit false advertising and fraudulent claims. Even if the warranty period for the product has expired, consumers are likely entitled to a recovery under consumer protection laws.
Even for large purchases like motor vehicles, individual consumer claims can be too expensive to litigate. Fortunately, the law provides for consumers to file class action lawsuits together. A class action lawsuit represents all consumers who purchased the defective product, greatly reducing each individual client’s share of the cost of litigation and thereby increasing each consumer’s actual recovery. Class action lawsuits provide the leverage necessary to require the corporation to acknowledge its responsibilities and provide compensation to the individual class members.
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