As many as 11 million diesel-powered VW Group cars worldwide have emissions-control systems carrying software designed to fool pollution testers, including eight million in the European Union and 482,000 in the U.S., where the fraud was detected. The recall will begin in Europe in January 2016 and will be completed by the end of the year. To date no recall has been set for the cars in the U.S. where the remedy will have to be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is presumed that news of a U.S. recall will be forthcoming.
If the U.S. cars are recalled and "fixed" by VW, those who have purchased or leased the subject cars will still be damaged. My firm is investigating these damages for a number of Volkswagen owners.
Our investigation so far has, of course, shown VW's fraudulent concealment of the problem and the possible violation of various consumer laws, would allow owners and lessees to obtain compensatory and punitive damages in court. Once the cars are fixed, they will probably have lower performance than was represented to the owners when they were purchased. We intend to file civil actions for a number of these owners in the next few weeks. The involved cars are the following with diesel engines:
· Jetta (Model Years 2009-2015
· Jetta Sportwagen (Model Years 2009-2014)
· Beetle (Model Years 2012-2015)
· Beetle Convertible (Model Years 2012-2015)
· Audi A3 (Model Years 2010-2015)
· Golf (Model Years 2010-2015)
· Golf Sportwagen (Model Year 2015)
· Passat (Model Year 2012-2015) Not all of the 2012-12 Passats are involved.
If you bought one of those cars, call us at (205) 322-1202 to see if we can help.