German automaker Volkswagen (VW) has been in the hot seat ever since it was revealed that they had taken
steps to deliberately rig emission test results in millions of their automobiles.
Researchers discovered a “cheat device” installed inside the
engines of numerous VW car models, specifically those using a “clean
diesel” engines. The device would lower emission ratings considerably
when the car was hooked up to testing equipment; out on the road, as in
for 99.99% of the car’s life, the nitrogen oxide emissions were
much higher, sometimes several times higher than environmental regulation
agencies would allow.
Immediately following the outbreak of the news, VW sales sank close to
10% in October alone. In November, sales plummeted again in the United
Kingdom – around 20% – and by a whole quarter in the United
States. Even in auto markets that grew in recent quarters, VW struggled
to make a splash; in Chine, the auto market saw an 11.8% increase overall
but VW couldn’t even pick up 2%. Automotive research groups, including
Euromonitor, believe that the scandal will continue to hurt Volkswagens
reputation for quite some time since it involved intentional deception,
not someone’s mistake on the manufacturing line.
(For more information regarding the ongoing scandal, you can read a full
article posted by CNN Money
What Can the Consumer Do?
VW consumers across the world are up in arms because they believe they
have been scammed by the company, paying for more than they should have.
By all estimations, it would appear that their claims are legitimate.
Most of the vehicles affected by the cheat devices were sold under the
implication that they were clean, fuel-efficient diesel machines. If the
cars do not live up to that advertisement or standard, they should not
be kept at their current pricing.
If you have purchased one of the vehicles named in VW’s recall, you
may be able to sue them for damages related to overpaying and for the
inconvenience of recalling your vehicle.
Contact Duck Law Firm and our Lafayette VW litigation attorney today for legal
assistance in filing a claim.
To learn more about the Volkswagen vehicle recalls and lawsuits related
to the emissions scandal, visit the following pages: