Understanding the VW Emissions Scandal

Understanding the VW Emissions Scandal

If you purchased a new Volkswagen or Audi Clean Diesel vehicle between 2009 to 2014, your vehicle may be equipped with faulty software designed to fraudulently evade US emissions standards. This software detects when your vehicle is being tested at an emissions station and alters the function of your engine to pass the emissions test. If your vehicle is equipped with this software, you may have a legal claim against Volkswagen and should contact Matthew L. Sharp at 775-324-1500 for more information about your legal options.

After emissions testing, the “Defeat software” will return your engine and operating systems to their normal functioning levels. This allows the vehicle to deliver the performance the company advertised which enticed buyers to purchase the vehicles. However, at these operating levels, your Volkswagen or Audi vehicle(s) will emit pollutants far exceeding the legal maximum.

The fix needed to assure your Volkswagen or Audi vehicle complies with law will result in damages:

  • The value of your car will decrease (this is called diminished value)
  • The gas mileage will be lower
  • The performance will be less responsive

If you don’t get the fix, the

Fines and Criminal Investigation

Volkswagen and company officials are facing considerable fines and penalties around the world. In the United States, the EPA could fine Volkswagen up to $37,500 per vehicle they sold that was equipped with the faulty VW emissions software. This fine could reach upwards of $18 billion. Further, the United States Department of Justice has initiated a criminal investigation of company executives who had knowledge of the dupe. In preparation of these fines and pending investigations, Volkswagen has set $7.2 billion aside to defend the company.

Vehicles in which Emissions were Altered

Globally, there are 11 million vehicles which were equipped with faulty VW emissions software. These vehicles include the following models:

  • VW Jetta TDI (2009 – 2015)
  • VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (2009-2014)
  • VW Golf TDI (2010-2015)
  • VW Golf SportWagen TDI (2015)
  • VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (2012-2015)
  • VW Passat TDI (2012-2015)
  • Audi A3 Diesel (2009-2015)

Your Legal Options

If you own Volkswagen diesel, you will have injuries or damages including the value of your car will be less. This is called diminished value.

To protect your rights, you may consider filing a lawsuit against Volkswagen. In Nevada, our consumer protection laws are designed to give residents timely and just compensation for their claims. In the case of Volkswagen, the evidence is clear and has been proven by the EPA and investigators. By choosing a private litigator to represent you, there is a greater likelihood that you will receive full compensation.

There are numerous class action lawsuits being filed across the county. You may choose to be part of a class action, however, you will become merely a name in a sea of names. The risk in a class action is you may not receive full compensation.


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