About the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal
In September 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that many Volkswagen vehicles with diesel engines had special software installed that could detect when the cars were being tested for emissions and modify the car’s performance accordingly to improve test results. Volkswagen later admitted that these “defeat devices” were installed on their cars intentionally with the hope of cheating on emissions tests.
As many as 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. alone and 11 million worldwide were affected, and the scope of the cheating scandal includes not only vehicles of the Volkswagen make but also Audi and Porsche vehicles manufactured under the Volkswagen Group.
In cheating mandatory testing procedures, Volkswagen manipulated the public into buying products that should never have been approved for sale. These actions violate a number of consumer protection laws, not least of which is Breach of Contract. Not only that, but we now know that Volkswagen’s diesel models actually expose consumers to nitrogen oxide at over 40 times the allowable limit in most states.
The law firm of Hossley & Embry is currently pursuing cases related to the Volkswagen emissions scandal and can help consumers hold Volkswagen accountable. If you own an affected VW model, contact our offices immediately to learn more about your options and how you can join in litigation to pursue justice and compensation.
Affected VW Models Include:
- Porsche Cayenne Diesel 2013-2016
- Audi A3 TDI 2010-2015
- Audi A6 Quattro TDI 2014-2016
- Audi A7 Quattro TDI 2014 – 2016
- Audi A8, A8L Diesel 2014-2016
- Audi Q5 Diesel 2014-2016
- Audi Q7 2009-2016
- VW Beetle TDI 2012-2015
- VW Beetle Convertible TDI 2012-2015
- VW Golf TDI 2010-2015
- VW Golf TDIVW Golf TDI 2010 – 2015
- VW Golf SportWagen TDI 2015
- VW Jetta TDI 2009 – 2015
- VW Jetta SportWagen TDI 2009 – 2015
- VW Passat TDI 2012 – 2015
- VW Touareg TDI 2009 – 2016
The EPA rejected a January recall proposal from Volkswagen, citing a number of areas in which the proposal fell short. Although this initial recall proposal was rejected, a recall will inevitably occur. While Volkswagen will be responsible for immediate repairs, consumers can expect to shoulder the long-term costs. These could include:
- Higher repair costs and a shorter lifespan for the vehicle caused by decreased performance
- More money spent at the pump thanks to lower fuel efficiency
- Decreased resale value due to the above factors and the damaged reputation of the Volkswagen brand
Besides the monetary cost to consumers, any health problems caused by unlawful emissions levels may never be undone, adding another disturbing facet to the betrayal that Volkswagen perpetrated on its customers.
Consumers Need to Hold Volkswagen Accountable
Volkswagen lied to consumers, assuring them that their vehicles were safe and environmentally friendly even as they engineered them to pollute the environment and cheat emissions tests. They deceived regulatory bodies and their customer base alike while continuing to base their branding around an “environmentally friendly” line of vehicles in a stunning show of hypocrisy. It’s time to hold them accountable for their actions, and the Law Offices of Hossley & Embry can help.
If you or a loved one has owned an affected Volkswagen vehicle or have a potential claimed related to any other defective product, please give Hossley & Embry a call at (866) 522-9265 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer free consultations, and we have the resources available (including charter aircraft) to travel throughout Texas and the United States on short notice to investigate your potential claim.