Have you been the victim of Volkswagen Emissions Fraud?
Many of us rely on our vehicles to get our loved ones where they need to go each day. We put our trust in the makers of our vehicles to offer us safety and protection. Unfortunately, sometimes companies lie and cheat and put their profits ahead of safety issues and some of them may even run faulty safety tests just so their vehicles can be put on the market faster. If you or someone you love has been a victim of Volkswagen Emissions fraud or another type of vehicle problem, then you should speak to one of our automobile and Volkswagen Emissions Fraud lawyers at the Higgins Firm right away. We will listen to your case and help you to get the compensation that is rightfully yours for what you have been through.
What is Volkswagen Emissions Fraud?
According to findings from the Environmental Protection Agency in September of 2015, millions of Volkswagen and Audi “Clean Diesel” vehicles had a device on them that allowed the vehicles to give false emissions results or to cheat the test. The device was created to sense when the automobile was undergoing a test and to lower its emissions. However, when the car was actually on the road, it would emit up to forty times the acceptable level of nitrogen oxide.
These automobiles were marketed to the public as being clean and environmentally- friendly as opposed to cars with gasoline engines. The “Clean Diesel” models had better fuel economy and less carbon emissions, however, they had more emissions of nitrogen oxide which is a toxic gas that can lead to breathing problems.
The problem with fixing this device is that updating the software could effect the vehicles' performance. If Volkswagen decides to retrofit the engines that would cost thousands of dollars for each vehicle. Both of these solutions would harm the resale value of the vehicles.
Which Vehicles are included in the Emissions Fraud?
The vehicles that are included in the emissions fraud are:
- Audi-A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3, Q5
- 2012 to 2015 Beetle
- 2012 to 2015 Beetle Convertible
- 2010 to 2015 Golf
- 2015 Golf Sportwagen
- 2009 to 2015 Jetta
- 2009 to 2014 Jetta Sportwagen
- 2012 to 2015 Passat
What should I do if I think I may have a Volkswagen Emissions Fraud Case?
Days after the report by the Environmental Protection Agency about the emissions fraud, twenty-five class action lawsuits were filed for vehicle owners in all fifty states. One vehicle owner stated that, “Every reason that I bought the car was based on a lie.”
If you feel that you or someone you know has been a victim of this emissions fraud and this defeat device, then you need to contact one of our experienced and compassionate Volkswagen Emissions Fraud lawyers with the Higgins Firm as soon as possible. We understand the anger you must be feeling and we are here answer any questions and concerns you may have. We will then review your claim and determine if you are eligible for any compensation. If it is determined that you may be eligible, we will help you to receive any compensation that you may be entitled to for the fraud that you have experienced and for any loss you may have taken on the resale value of your vehicle. We will also fight on your behalf to make sure the party responsible is held accountable for their actions.
Please contact us today online or by calling 800.705.2121 to discuss your legal options.