Volkswagen is facing countless potential lawsuits as consumers learn about the deception of the automobile maker concerning their diesel engine vehicles. Since 2008, Volkswagen has sold more than 482,000 vehicles in the United States with altered emissions control systems in their 2.0-liter diesel engines. As many as 11 million vehicles worldwide may have been effected.
The vehicles were found to emit nitrogen oxides at up to 40x the standard level of milligrams per mile when driven normally. Volkswagen passed initial emissions testing by hiding a sophisticated software program installed on the vehicles that bypass, defeat, or render inoperative elements of the vehicles’ emission control system that exist to comply with CAA emissions standards. The results show emission levels for test driving situations, not actual driving scenarios.
Nitrogen oxides are a class of chemicals that contribute to the formation of lung-damaging ozone, which has been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular ailments and to early deaths. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun generates the chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and other pollutants, producing ozone. According to the EPA, exposure to these pollutants has been linked with a range of serious health effects, including increased asthma attacks and other respiratory illnesses that can be serious enough to send people to the hospital. Exposure to ozone has also been associated with premature death due to respiratory-related or cardiovascular-related effects. Children, the elderly, and people with pre-existing respiratory disease are particularly at risk for health effects caused by these pollutants. It is estimated that from 2009-2015, the effected Volkswagen vehicles emitted as much as 59,000 tons of nitrogen oxides over the legal limit.
Volkswagen is planning a recall to correct the effected existing models. Model year 2015 vehicles will most likely be fixed with software updates. Previous model year vehicles will require installation of additional components and which will take much longer to bring the vehicles up to regulations. The effected vehicles are identified in the following table and are equipped with 2.0-liter diesel engines.
MAKE AND MODEL(S)
2009 VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagon
2010 VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagon, Audi A3
2011 VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagon, Audi A3
2012 VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagon, Audi A3, VW Passat
2013 VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagon, Audi A3
2014 VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportwagon, Audi A3, VW Passat
2015 VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Golf, VW Golf Sportwagon, VW Jetta, VW Passat, Audi A3
Volkswagen’s “clean diesel” cars have been polluting the air for up to 40x the federal standard for years. What is worse is that the company knew about it and manufactured and installed devices to hide it. The company’s reputation has been damaged and vehicle value in the markets is plummeting. Consumers who purchased these vehicles deserve to be compensated. If you wish to learn more about the potential cases against Volkswagen, contact Thomas Law Offices for more information.