Here are the latest interesting news bits about the Volkswagen TDI diesel emissions cheating scandal. Continue reading below for brief summaries of the news we previously covered last month and new stories we found along the way.
Court-Ordered Fix Deadline Passes and Concern Grows
The United States Supreme Court had set March 24th as when VW needed to present its fix to 600,000 diesel vehicles affected by the TDI scandal. Both the California Air Resources Board—one of the agencies responsible for regulating vehicle emissions standards—and VW had expressed their concerns about the German manufacturer’s inability to meet the deadline.
Unfortunately, VW did not meet the March deadline. Presiding District Judge Charles Breyer has extended the deadline to April 21st with confidence that VW is close to presenting a fix. Meanwhile, VW still faces over 500 lawsuits from angry consumers affected by the scandal.
FTC Files Suit
The US Federal Trade Commission has joined the Department of Justice with its own lawsuit against VW. The FTC is claiming VW’s alleged willful deception of both the EPA and consumers through advertising as an unfair business practice. The lawsuit aims to remediate damages against consumers.
VW Internal Disharmony?
Michael Horn, the CEO of VW Group of America, Inc. (VWGA), has left his position at VW in a mutual agreement with the corporation for reasons unclear at this time though it is likely related to the TDI scandal or its fallout. Hinrich Woebcken, formerly the Chairman of VWGA and Head of the North American Region, will act as interim CEO in Horn’s place.
With Horn gone, VW dealers in the US feel as though they have lost their only ally who could effect change with the executives in Germany (VW AG). Dealerships are experiencing pains of their own from the loss of sales— TDI diesel vehicles were supposed to be their competitive edge against BMW, Mercedes, and Audi in the US diesel market.
Horn’s departure may not be the only impact VWGA will feel. In the face of hefty fines and stricter emissions standards enforcement in the US, VW may be forced to cut jobs in both Europe and the US according to VW Chairman of the General and Group Works Councils of VW AG, Bernd Osterloh.
There are also new allegations that VW allegedly continued to destroy evidence after the TDI scandal broke and the US Justice Department intervened.
VW Following GM and Toyota to See Path Toward Legal Solutions?
Those following or involved in the consumer lawsuits against the German automaker may be able to rely on previous lawsuit outcomes from the other automakers as possible resolutions. VW’s admission to the emissions test cheating conspiracy will most likely increase its punitive damages as compared to those from settlements in GM’s faulty ignition switch and Toyota’s unintentional acceleration cases.
If you own a Volkswagen TDI vehicle that is a part of the diesel scandal, you may be eligible for compensation or a fix to your vehicle. Contact an attorney to have your case reviewed and learn how you can maximize your recovery.