We are Tucson VW Diesel Emissions Lawyers
- Since 2009 Southern Arizonans have purchased approximately 4,600 “CleanDiesel” VW and Audi vehicles;
- Cost to Southern Arizona is estimated to exceed $115 million;
- Up to 11 million cars affected worldwide;
- These cars emit up to 40 times the legal amount of pollution permitted by the Federal Clean Air Act;
- Volkswagen deceived State emissions testing with “cheating” software;
- The largest case of a product consumer fraud ever committed.
Defective VW Diesel Vehicles include:
- Audi A3 (2010-2015)
- Audi A6 Quattro (2014-2016)
- Audi A7 Quattro (2014-2016)
- Audi A8/A8L (2014-2016)
- Audi Q5 (2014-2016)
- Audi Q7 (2009-2016)
- Porsche Cayenne (2013-2016)
- Volkswagen Beetle (2012-2015)
- Volkswagen Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
- Volkswagen Golf (2010-2015)
- Volkswagen Golf SportWagen (2015)
- Volkswagen Jetta (2009-2015)
- Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen (2009-2014)
- Volkswagen Passat (2012-2015)
- Volkswagen Touareg (2009-2016)
How VW Tricked Consumers & the EPA
Deceptive defeat devices were installed in those vehicles to activate emissions control systems only during emissions testing. Once the testing is completed, the control systems deactivate, allowing the car to emit dangerous and unlawful amounts of nitrogen oxide pollution. That pollution contributes to a host of environmental and health problems. Volkswagen marketed those vehicles as “green” cars justifying premium pricing. Volkswagen falsely claimed the vehicles were ecologically and technologically superior.
However, in September 2015, Volkswagen admitted to propagating this massive fraud. It has already set aside more than $7.2 billion for potential customer claims in America alone. We believe that figure is probably low by at least half. We estimate the cost in America alone will be $9-15 billion, and the cost in Europe will be 20 times that figure.
Criminal investigations in America and Europe are underway, and prosecutions appear inevitable.
Tucson VW owners have questions about taking legal action against VW
Volkswagen has yet to fully define any compensation procedure for customers. Because the laws and legal procedures vary from state to state, litigation will be uneven across the country. We believe Arizona consumers are best served pursuing claims in Arizona, under Arizona State law. McNamara Goldsmith, P.C., is the only law firm in Southern Arizona currently actively taking VW cases. We’ve studied the history of this fraud and the options as to legal remedies. Are you still wondering how the VW diesel emissions scandal will affect you and your automobile? We here to answer any questions you may have.
Volkswagen Emissions Lawsuit News
Volkswagen pressed to fix dirty diesel cars in emissions cheat scandal
On Thursday, US district Judge Charles Breyer urged Volkswagen to find an expedient solution to its emissions disaster, setting March 24th as the date for Volkswagen and the Environmental Protection Agency to report back. One possible, albeit expensive, fix, would be for Volkswagen to buy back non-compliant cars from their owners. Hundreds of lawsuits have already been filed against the automaker over its defeat-devices. Read more at The Guardian (February 25, 2016).
Emissions scandal dents Volkswagen's U.S. sales
In January, Volkswagen’s US sales fell by 7 percent after the automaker was forced to cease the sale of several diesel models. In spite of these losses, the company’s global sales still rose by 3.7 percent – largely due to gains in the Chinese market. Meanwhile, California air quality regulators rejected Volkswagen’s plans to fix the emissions devices on affected diesel vehicles, calling the plan “unacceptable.” Read more at CBS News (February 12, 2016).
Volkswagen, Reeling From Emissions Scandal, to Delay Earnings Report
On Friday, Volkswagen announced that it would delay reporting on its annual earnings, a move which reflects the difficulties of calculating the true costs of the company’s massive emissions scandal. In addition to the nearly $7.3 billion set aside for making engines comply with federal environmental regulations, Volkswagen will likely have to pay an additional several billion dollars (or even tens of billions) in fines and legal settlements. The company plans to present an internal report in late April that will shed light on the parties responsible for the ordeal. Read more at The New York Times (February 5, 2016).
Guide to the Volkswagen Emissions Recall
After Volkswagen confessed to evading emissions control systems in as many 11 million vehicles worldwide, customers have been left with an array of questions. What are the environmental and health implications of driving vehicles equipped with “cheating devices?” Is it still legal to drive affected models? What compensation or conciliatory measures will be offered to consumers? Read more at Consumer Reports (January 13, 2016).
United States v. Volkswagen
The U.S. Justice Department is suing Volkswagen for selling nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. equipped with emissions-cheating devices. According to the Assistant Attorney General John Cruden on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, Volkswagen has violated the Clean Air Act by selling vehicles that endanger public health and pollute the environment. Read more at The Atlantic (January 4, 2016).
Dealers, owners feel frustrated and betrayed by VW scandal
Once regarded as a transparent and cutting-edge company, Volkswagen has since outraged automobile owners, dealerships, and wholesalers with its massive emissions scandal. As hundreds of unsellable diesel cars occupy dealership lots and once loyal customers voice their betrayal, it has become increasingly clear that Volkswagen’s apologies will not suffice. Consumers need answers, and their vehicles will undoubtedly require both software and hardware changes to meet environmental standards. Read more at Chicago Tribune (September 24, 2015).
Volkswagen Says 11 Million Cars Worldwide Are Affected in Diesel Deception
On Tuesday, Volkswagen admitted that 11 million of its diesel cars were equipped with cheating software emissions test cheating software – more than 20 times more than the originally estimated number. The company has set aside $7.3 billion to cover the costs of making its diesel cars comply with federal emissions standards. Multiple national governments are investigating the fraud, and members of the US Senate are demanding that federal regulators increase their scrutiny of the automobile industry. Read more at The New York Times (September 22, 2015).