Volkswagen installed software on its fleet of diesel cars that would cheat on emissions tests. When the software picked up that the vehicle was being tested for emissions, it would turn on equipment that would limit emissions. The software would then turn off the equipment to save parts that might not hold up to continuous usage. The emissions system is meant to control the output of nitrogen oxide which has been proven to cause emphysema, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases.
Volkswagen has admitted to installing the software on all of its 3.0 liter diesel engines produced since 2009, as well as many 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engines. Here is a list of the affected models:
- Beetle and Beetle Convertible: 2012 to 2015 models.
- Golf SportWagen: 2015 models.
- Golf: 2010 to 2015 models.
- Jetta SportWagen: 2009 to 2014 models.
- Jetta: 2009 to 2015 models.
- Passat: 2012 to 2015 models.
- Touareg: 2009 to 2016 models.
- A3: 2010 to 2015 models.
- A6 Quattro: 2014 to 2016 models.
- A7 Quattro: 2014 to 2016 models.
- A8 and A8L: 2014 to 2016 models.
- Q5: 2014 to 2016 models.
- Q7: 2009 to 2016 models.
- Cayenne: 2013 to 2016 models.
On April 21, Volkswagen agreed to buy back or fix 480,000 two-liter vehicles in the United States. The exact compensation and the timing of the fixes or buy-backs has not been announced. Volkswagen has also not announced what it will do for the customers who have purchased affected three-liter engine vehicles. Volkswagen has set aside more than $18 billion to cover legal fees, fines and compensation. Because of this scandal, Volkswagen announced a record loss for 2015.
If you have been affected by this vehicle recall or similar defective vehicle products—such as with General Motors’ ignition switch defects and recalls and Takata’s exploding airbags—contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to talk to a vehicle defect lawyer to ensure you receive fair compensation.