Volkswagen Sets Aside $7.2 Billion for Claims Arising from Diesel Emissions Scandal

In September 2015, Volkswagen (VW) admitted to deceiving consumers by intentionally installing “cheating” software in certain vehicles to pass emissions tests. Volkswagen is now setting aside more than $7.2 Billion to cover potential claims from owners of the affected vehicles. If you purchased a Volkswagen or Audi with a model year of 2009 or later, you could be entitled to compensation.

How Volkswagen Deceived Consumers

Volkswagen has marketed its “CleanDiesel” vehicles as environmentally-friendly, possessing high fuel efficiency and performance with very low emissions. In reality, the company was lying to customers by using software known as “defeat devices” to violate clean air standards.

Defeat devices work by turning on the full emissions control systems only when the car is undergoing periodic emissions testing. Once the test is done, the emissions control system shuts off and the car can emit up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution than is allowed under federal law during normal use.

VW, Audi and Porsche Vehicle Models Impacted

Approximately 11 million vehicles are impacted worldwide, including nearly 500,000 diesel passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. since 2009. The models include:

  • Audi A3 TDI (2010-2015)
  • Audi A6 Quattro TDI (2016)
  • Audi A7 Quattro TDI (2016)
  • Audi A8 TDI (2016)
  • Audi A8L TDI (2016)
  • Audi Q5 TDI (2016)
  • Porsche Cayenne (2015)
  • VW Beetle TDI (2012-2015)
  • VW Beetle Convertible TDI (2012-2015)
  • VW Golf TDI (2010-2015)
  • VW Golf SportWagen TDI (2015)
  • VW Jetta TDI (2009-2015)
  • VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (2009-2014)
  • VW Passat TDI (2012-2015)
  • VW Touareg TDI (2014)

Contact Sokolove Law about a Potential Economic Loss Claim

If you own a Volkswagen or Audi model listed above, you could be entitled to compensation. Volkswagen intentionally committed fraud – you may have overpaid for your vehicle and now the value may plummet. Sokolove Law has been representing victims of fraud for more than 45 years – call today for a free, legal consultation.

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Last modified: May 11, 2024