German automaker Volkswagen admits that it fitted around 11 million vehicles – including 500,000 in the U.S. – with software that allowed the company to cheat diesel emissions tests.
On September 30, 2015, the company announced that it will now repair the Volkswagen and Audi “clean diesel” vehicles involved in this scandal. For consumers in Wisconsin and across the country, however, this move may come too late. They have a right to seek justice.
Volkswagen American CEO Admits Company’s Dishonesty
The scandal came to light on September 18, 2015, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notified Volkswagen that it had discovered the cheating.
As the Associated Press reports, the EPA stated that Volkswagen-manufactured vehicles with turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines feature software that controls the engine’s emissions during lab tests. However, once on the road, the vehicles’ emissions can increase to as much as 40 times the legal limit.
Volkswagen’s global CEO, Martin Winterkorn, has since resigned and may face prosecution for fraud in Germany, Reuters reports. The company’s CEO in the U.S., Michael Horn, publicly admitted the company’s wrongdoing at an event on September 22, 2015.
“Let’s be clear about this, our company was dishonest with government regulators and with all of you,” Horn said, according to Business Insider. “We have totally screwed up.”
Consumers Across the County Are Affected by Volkswagen Scandal
The Associated Press reports that many Volkswagen and Audi vehicles manufactured between 2009 and 2015 feature the illegal software. These vehicles include diesel versions of the Volkswagen Golf, Jetta, Passat and New Beetle and the Audi A3.
If you bought one of these vehicles in Wisconsin or elsewhere, this recently uncovered emissions-cheating scandal may come as a shock.
After all, Volkswagen advertised that vehicles fitted with its 2.0-liter diesel engines were environmentally friendly, featured great fuel mileage and, at the same time, provided drivers with the performance of a turbo engine. Volkswagen essentially charged consumers a high price so they could enjoy these benefits.
However, those same consumers must now face the reality that they did not buy the vehicles that were advertised to them. They will need to bring their vehicle to a local dealer for needed repairs (which may ultimately diminish the car’s performance). They will also likely find that their Volkswagen or Audi vehicle has lost a significant amount of resale value.
Contact a Volkswagen Emissions-Cheating Lawsuit Attorney Today
As the Wall Street Journal reports, lawsuits have already been filed in courts across the country by consumers who claim they were defrauded by Volkswagen when they bought cars that were advertised as featuring “impressive horsepower, fuel economy and emissions.”
Lawsuits filed in federal courts against the German auto company may soon be consolidated in a single federal court for pretrial proceedings. This is called “multidistrict litigation,” or an MDL.
If you purchased a Volkswagen or Audi with a TDI “clean diesel” engine between 2009 and 2015, protect your legal rights by contacting Techmeier Law Firm. We serve clients in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
Our attorneys have the experience and resources to protect our clients’ rights and pursue maximum compensation for them in mass tort cases such as the one now developing from the Volkswagen emissions-cheating scandal.
Call or reach us online today to receive a free, immediate consultation.