If you or a loved one own a Volkswagen, Audi or Porsche that was built between 2009 and 2016 and had emissions-cheating software installed by the manufacturer, you may be eligible for compensation.
The experienced Bloomington defective product attorneys at TSR Injury Law are prepared to help you if you have a valid case. Our firm has been advocating for individuals and their families throughout Minnesota for over 20 years. Our attorneys have obtained over $1 billion in compensation, including more than $3 million in a defective product case involving a defective control mechanism that caused a recreational vehicle crash.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to review your claim. If we determine that you may have a viable claim, we are prepared to represent you on contingency, which means we do not get paid unless you do.
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Who May Qualify for Compensation?
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the following vehicle models were involved in the Volkswagen emissions scandal:
- Audi A3 (2010-2015)
- Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
- Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
- Audi A8/A8L (2014-2016)
- Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
- Audi Q7 (2009-2016)
- Porsche Cayenne (2014-2016)
- Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible (2013-2015)
- Volkswagen Golf (2010-2015)
- Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (2015)
- Volkswagen Jetta, Jetta SportWagen (2009-2014)
- Volkswagen Passat (2012-2015)
- Volkswagen Touareg (2009-2016)
In October 2016, a U.S. District Court Judge approved a $14.7 billion settlement. Volkswagen then started mailing notifications to affected owners and lessees about its $10 billion buyback program. Under the terms of the agreement, those who purchased their cars before Sept. 17, 2015 could sell these vehicles back for between $12,500 and $44,000. Lessees would receive between $2,600 and $4,900.
Buybacks started in November 2016. The last day to submit a buyback claim for 2.0-liter diesel cars was Dec. 30, 2018. The last day to submit a claim for a 3.0-liter vehicle was June 1, 2019, according to the Volkswagen site.
If VW decides to implement further emissions improvements and they are approved by the EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB), VW must allow their customers the opportunity to bring back their vehicles to have the improvements installed. According to the EPA, these emissions modifications should also be covered by an extended warranty.
You may also be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to recover additional compensation, such as compensation for the price difference between a diesel car and an equivalent gasoline vehicle, diminished resale value and the cost of having reduced gas mileage after fixing the car.
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Liability for the Emissions Scandal
Volkswagen and its subsidiaries have been held liable for their part in the emissions scandal. Some of these subsidiaries include:
- Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. is owned by Volkswagen AG and owns a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which produces several brands of vehicles.
- Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, LLC is a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., and runs the manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, TN.
- Volkswagen AG is the largest carmaker in Europe and the parent company of Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga, LLC.
- Audi AG produces Audi vehicles and has been owned by Volkswagen since 1969.
- Porsche AG designs, manufactures and distributes cars, engines and other parts. This company is owned by Volkswagen AG and operates out of Stuttgart, Germany.
- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. exclusively imports Porsche vehicles into the United States and provides parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealerships throughout the United States. This company is in Atlanta, GA and is owned by Porsche AG.
Contact a trusted product liability lawyer at TSR Injury Law for a free review of your claim. We work on a contingency fee basis so you will not be charged any fees unless we successfully recover compensation for your claim.
How Volkswagen Broke the Law
In 2015, the EPA announced Volkswagen had installed software in more than 10.5 million diesel vehicles (500,000 in the U.S.) to attempt to cheat on emissions tests.
The software would detect when an inspection was taking place and active controls to pass the test. However, once these cars got back on the road, the controls would shut off to enhance vehicle performance. This resulted in the vehicles releasing up to 40 times more pollution than permitted by the Clean Air Act.
The pollution included high amounts of nitrogen oxide, which can damage the ozone and create smog. Nitrogen oxide is also linked to health problems like asthma and other respiratory problems.
Clean Air Act Civil Settlements
On June 28, 2016, Volkswagen agreed to a multi-billion-dollar settlement to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act for selling 2.0-liter diesel engines with the defeat devices. The settlement was formalized on October 25, 2016. Volkswagen agreed to another settlement to resolve Clean Air Act violations for the sale of 3.0-liter diesel engines equipped with the defeat devices.
Contact TSR Injury Law About a Possible Volkswagen Emissions Lawsuit
At TSR Injury Law, we have been helping consumers recover compensation for over two decades.
Partner, Nate Bjerke, is an accomplished product liability lawyer who has experience protecting the rights of consumers against large corporate organizations such as Audi, BMW, Kawasaki, Kia Motors, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Caterpillar and Michelin.
Call TSR Injury Law today to learn if you qualify for financial compensation concerning the Volkswagen emissions scandal. You are not obligated to hire our firm to represent your case and you will not be charged any legal fees unless we win your case on your behalf.
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