Volkswagen (VW), the worlds largest automaker, is recalling 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. The call comes after VW admitted to using defeat device software in its diesel vehicles to make it look as though the vehicles were meeting U.S. emissions standards.
The company must recall the vehicles and modify the emissions system at its own expense. In his confession last week, CEO Martin Winterkorn admitted that the company has been equipping its diesel vehicles with a device that can trick emissions tests into thinking the vehicle is compliant.
By being able to identify when a vehicle is undergoing a test, the software will switch on and limit the vehicles emissions of nitrogen oxide. During all other driving conditions, the software remains off, allowing the vehicle to emit nearly 40 times the legal limit for harmful chemicals in the U.S.
The vehicles being recalled include 2009-2015 Jetta, Golf, and Beetle; 2014-2015 Passat; and 2009-2015 Audi A3.
The company has set aside $7.3 billion dollars to cover initial fines and any other fallout that will result from the announcement. However, the German automaker could face up to $18 billion, or $37,500 per vehicle, in fines from U.S. regulators.
A few days after the major announcement, Winterkorn announced his resignation from the company, although he claimed that he played no role in the cheating software.
Many VW car owners are livid with the company, which marketed the vehicles for years as clean diesel cars that were good for the environment and fun to drive. Many feel cheated and deceived by the automaker. Several class action lawsuits have already been filed against Volkswagen, many claiming the vehicles have lost their value.
When companies deceive their consumers and regulators with rule-breaking devices or defective products, they should be held accountable for their actions. If you are ever injured as a result of this type of deceitful behavior, our product liability lawyers can help you get the justice you deserve. Contact Greg Coleman Law today to evaluate your case for a VW class action lawsuit.
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