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Volkswagen False Emissions Tests Affect 11 Million Vehicles

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Volkswagen’s recent admission to cheating with “software designed to fool regulators on air pollution tests” is expected to affect at least 11 million vehicles worldwide in the newest strike to the auto industry. The deception by the German automaker is one of the most expensive automotive scandals in recent time.

“The company is said to have been caught cheating on American air pollution tests. Volkswagen installed sophisticated software known as “defeat devices” in the electronic control module of diesel vehicles issued between 2008 and 2015.”

The automaker will likely recall up to 500,000 cars. The EPA has accused Volkswagen of “installing software on 482,000 diesel cars in the USA that allowed it to cheat emissions tests, potentially exposing people to harmful pollutants at levels 40 times the acceptable standard and respiratory conditions including asthma,” see EPA Notice of Violation.

Unlike the accidental ignition-switch defect in General Motors’ vehicles, which is blamed for the 120 deaths, Volkswagen engineers intentionally designed cars to circumvent regulators. And, while there are no deaths associated with its transgression, consumers are distrusting, and rightfully so.

This revelation about Volkswagen’s emissions-fixing fraud begs the question: Are other manufacturers engaging in similarly deceptive and fraudulent behavior? Sheller, P.C. is investigating the alleged fraud by Volkswagen in violation of state laws and consumers’ rights. Consumers over-paid for these vehicles and are now discovering they do not meet emissions standards, based upon misrepresentation of the manufacturer. VW dealers are also affected, as they now have diesel vehicles they are not allowed to sell until repaired.

Sheller, P.C. is one of the leading whistleblower law firms in the country, having recovered with the US Government over $6B in whistleblower settlements to date.

Volkswagen Vehicles Affected by Recall: 

  • Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015)
  • Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
  • Beetle (MY 2013 – 2015)
  • Beetle Convertible (MY 2013-2015)
  • Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2015)
  • Golf (MY 2010 – 2015)
  • Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
  • Passat (MY 2012-2015)

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