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Our law firm has started investigating claims on behalf of all persons who have purchased Volkswagen or Audi diesel vehicles affected by the company’s recent emissions scandal.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has alleged that the automaker Volkswagen put software in over 480,000 of its diesel cars specifically designed to avoid federal emission regulations. This could result in people being exposed to harmful pollutants being put into the atmosphere. The EPA is accusing Volkswagen of utilizing a defeat device. According to the agency, this device made it possible to trick regulators into believing Volkswagen diesel cars complied with Clean Air Act standards.
The Volkswagen diesel vehicles in violation of the United States standards were the models Golf, Jetta, and Beetle, which were manufactured between 2009 and 2014. The Passat manufactured between 2014 and 2015 and the Audi A3 manufactured between 2009 and 2015. It is alleged these vehicles emitted nitrogen oxides. These emissions have been determined to increase problems with health conditions like asthma. According to the EPA, the emissions of these vehicles were over forty times the Clean Air Act standards. EPA investigators have claimed Volkswagen did admit to installing the defeat devices. The German automaker has made a statement that it is cooperating with EPA investigators.
According to the EPA, the company could be given fines as well as other penalties. The maximum fine a company can receive for a violation of the Clean Air Act is $37,500 for each vehicle. This means Volkswagen may be fined as much as $18 billion. Since Volkswagen marketed its cars as being clean diesel vehicles, it could be vulnerable to lawsuits as well as additional penalties.
Analysts have stated that approximately 20 percent of vehicles Volkswagen manufactures have diesel engines. Marketing utilized by the auto manufacturer made the clean diesel claim a major selling point for these vehicles. Officials from the EPA have said they will require Volkswagen to fix cars with the defeat devices for free. It is anticipated that a recall will occur. EPA officials have said they will hold Volkswagen responsible for all of the defeat devices.
According to EPA Regulators, the defeat devices operated with a sophisticated algorithm. The devices were designed to turn on the full emissions controls of an auto when the device determined the vehicle was being tested for emissions. The state of California has also started to investigate the behavior of Volkswagen in this matter. It is believed the automaker intentionally hid important facts from the EPA. It was determined the information concerning the defeat devices should be provided to the public as soon as possible.
Regulators from California and the EPA were made aware of the defeat devices by researchers from the International Council on Clean Transportation and West Virginia University. These organizations had concerns about the emission levels in vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen. The investigation into the extent of defeat devices installed in the auto manufacturer’s diesel vehicles continues. Regulators believe the high level of sophistication in the software prevented the devices from being detected earlier.
Our law firm believes that the rights of individuals that purchased Volkswagen or Audi diesel vehicles affected by this have been violated, and that they may be entitled to compensation.
If you have purchased a Volkswagen or Audi diesel vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our law firm immediately to find out if you have a case. Complete the form on this page to protect your rights.
Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Class Action Lawsuit
If you have purchased a Volkswagen or Audi diesel vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation, complete the form on this page to protect your rights.