VW Recall likely to begin in January
VW’s new CEO, Matthias Mueller, set a deadline for fixing affected cars. Car owners who fear they are affected by the emissions scandal are now able to check online whether their vehicle is involved.
Some VW diesel owners in U.S. may try to avoid the recall
Reuters, October 8, 2015
Some owners of the 482,000+ Passats, Golfs and Jettas sold in model years 2009 to 2015 in the United States like the cars just the way they are: peppy and fun to drive. Because fixing the cars is likely to reduce performance and fuel economy, some drivers may decline to bring their car in, even though their cars would continue to spew 40 times the smog-producing emissions permitted by some states. If they do decline to comply with the recall, there are few enforcement levers in place. Each state has different rules regarding registration renewals from cars that fail to comply with recalls, however. Find out whether or not your state has such emission standards in place.
Germany tells VW to fix 2.4 million diesels
NBC News, October 15, 2015
About 2.4 million Volkswagen diesels sold in Germany over the last seven years will be recalled under an order issued Thursday by the Berlin government. The move marks the first official widespread recall of affected vehicles in Europe. What are the implications for the U.S. market?
Lawsuits by individual states and individual VW owners emerge
The Guardian, October 15, 2015
Several potential class-action lawsuits have been filed in Michigan against Volkswagen over the company’s diesel emissions scandal, as US regulators ratcheted up questioning of the auto giant.
Biz Journal, October 13, 2015
A Greensboro North Carolina couple filed suit against VW last week. The Webers said they would not have bought their 2014 VW Golf TDI if they’d “known that the vehicle had a device that would circumvent applicable federal emission standards.” They want the option of getting their money back, and they want the court to assess punitive damages.
Orange County Register, October 12, 2015
California owners of Volkswagen diesel vehicles affected by the emissions cheating scandal are demanding the company buy back their cars immediately, according to a new class action lawsuit filed against the German automaker Monday in federal district court in Santa Ana.
The suit, filed on behalf of a Santa Monica resident who drives a 2013 VW Beetle TDI that could be spewing up to 40 times the legal emissions limit, comes just days after Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, Michael Horn, told a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. that the company will not begin to recall or repair the illegally rigged diesel cars until 2016.
International Business times, October 05, 2015
The state of West Virginia filed a civil suit Monday against the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen group after scientists discovered in September that 11 million of its diesel cars sold in the U.S. were equipped with software that faked road test emissions to appear more environmentally friendly. The state’s attorney general has asked for $5,000 in penalties per violation, West Virginia news outlets reported Monday. Could your state be next?
Times Free Press, October 03, 2015
Longtime VW owner joins lawsuits against automaker over diesel deception. Sonnenburg is one of seven people who have filed a lawsuit against the German automaker in federal court in Chattanooga.
Getting Legal Help
Facts about this case continue to emerge, as the scandal unravels. If you’re an owner of an affected vehicle you may need to take legal action at some point in the near future. If you’re concerned about the situation, have questions about your rights or legal options, it never hurts to connect with a lawyer who specializes in these types of cases.
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