On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency notified Volkswagen that it violated the Clean Air Act when installing a “defeat device” which circumvents emissions standards by giving false readings when tested. “Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean air standards is illegal and a threat to public health“, said EPA’s Cynthia Giles.
Volkswagen’s former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, resigned after taking responsibility for the emissions cheating scandal. The New Times, September 23, 2015. Subsequently, the company’s CEO in the United States admitted to Congress that the device was installed for the very purpose of cheating the tests. VW car owners believed they were buying or leasing a vehicle advertised as a “clean car” when in fact the affected vehicles might emit pollutants up to 40 times the legal limit.
The affected vehicles are:
You will be offered the choice of a buy-back or a repair:
“After months of negotiations, Volkswagen has reached a deal with U.S. authorities on most of the cars involved in its diesel emissions scandal. The agreement covers nearly 500,000 2-liter engine cars. Owners will get to choose between having VW buy back their vehicles or having their cars fixed. But owners still don’t know how much VW will offer in the buyback, or what the terms of a fix will be.” Volkswagen Reaches Deal With U.S. On Cars with Emissions Software, Transcript of 4/21/16 Interview, NPR’s All Things Considered.
and would like your case handled individually, rather than being one in a mass of 500,000, contact this law firm right away. As per the fee-shifting attorney’s fees provision of the applicable statutes, you will not have to pay attorney’s fees. You will be given the choice of the accepting the same terms as the mass settlement, or opt out and proceed in state court.