11 Million Vehicles Affected By Volkswagen Recall
Volkswagen is dealing with a worldwide recall of all 11 million diesel vehicles. The vehicles were equipped with software designed to cheat on emissions test. Deceptive software was installed on vehicles sold in the US, Germany, Australia and Sweden.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California notified VW that it violated Clean Air Act standards by using the software that reduces tailpipe emissions only when the car is being tested, not on the road.
VW has acknowledged that managers, struggling to meet U.S. sales targets, masked the emissions of new-car engines to sell so-called clean diesel technology. The car maker said as many as 11 million vehicles carried a defeat device.
Several countries have since blocked sales of certain VW vehicles, and regulators are considering steps to tighten emissions standards for diesel engines.
VW is now facing the worst scandal in its 78-year history, with 11 million vehicles affected worldwide.
Did You Buy an Affected Volkswagen?
The vehicles included in the notifications include:
- VW Jetta TDI (Model Years 2009 – 2015)
- VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (Model Years 2009-2014)
- VW Golf TDI (Model Years 2010-2015)
- VW Golf SportWagen TDI (Model Year 2015)
- VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
- VW Passat TDI (Model Years 2012-2015)
In the process of the investigation, the scope of the scandal may broaden. We’ve already learned that 2.1 million Audi vehicles are equipped with the emissions-test-cheating software, as are 1.2 million made by Skoda.
How was the Volkswagen Emission Defect Discovered?
The Volkswagen emission defect was discovered by John German, the former environmental chief for Honda’s U.S. operations. His research group with help from the West Virginia University, drove several vehicles from San Diego to Seattle (about 1,300 miles) under testing, verifying that real-world emissions were far greater than regulations allow. This proved that Volkswagen was cheating on U.S. vehicle emissions tests, setting off the scandal.
The diesel vehicles chosen for the West Virginia study were the VW Passat, the VW Jetta and the BMW X5. Unlike the VW vehicles, the BMW vehicle performed well on emissions tests.
How Does the Defect Affect Me as an Owner?
VW will be meeting this week to determine a plan of action. Upgrading the software is expected to be part of the solution. But there is no easy fix for the diesel emissions issue. Upgraded software will bring emission controls in line with regulations but also most likely diminish fuel economy.
The latter part could lead to class-action lawsuits from customers who aren’t receiving the MPGs advertised and ultimately will face diminished resale value
Volkswagen has set aside a massive chunk of change to resolve the “Dieselgate” issue — somewhere between $6 billion and $7.5 billion.
On its consumer facing site VW addressed whether owners should be worried about not passing emission tests by stating: “We don’t anticipate that customers will have any issues with state registration or inspection. However, any customer encountering such an issue is urged to call or email VW Customer CARE at 800-822-8987 or [email protected]”.
What Happens Next?
After deceiving the government and the public over its “clean diesel” vehicles, VW has launched a consumer-facing website to answer questions regarding scandal: https://www.vwdieselinfo.com/.
Vehicle owners affected by the Volkswagen emission defect do not need to take any action at this time. Once information solution is determined, owners will be notified.
When you purchase a vehicle you trust that it will work as it was advertised, and the manufacturer has a responsibility to provide you a vehicle that works as it was advertised. When manufacturers break this trust they should be held accountable. If you were affected by the Volkswagen emission defect a product liability lawyer is ready to help you. Call today for a FREE consultation: 1-800-THE-LAW2.