We currently represent several clients pursuing a class action lawsuit related to German car-maker Volkswagen’s fraudulent conduct when it installed software that evades emission controls in 11 million of its diesel vehicles. Volkswagen is the world’s top-selling carmaker and has admitted that far more than the 482,000 cars identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as violating clean air laws are affected by their fraud. Specifically, VW admitted this week that the impact is much wider because the Type EA 189 engines also suffer from similar “discrepancies” which involve about 11 million vehicles worldwide. The software was installed starting with its 2009 models.
Volkswagen has already set aside an initial 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) to cover the fallout caused by its actions in order to try and “win back the trust” of customers. Consumers who bought their VW’s with “clean diesel” believing they were being environmentally friendly were actually polluting the air and have been cheated.
VW has yet to disclose who installed the software, under whose direction, and why. The EPA announced that VW faces potential fines of $37,500 per vehicle, and anyone found personally responsible is subject to $3,750 per violation. These penalties could total more than $18 billion, although companies rarely pay maximum fines in the U.S.
Volkswagen blamed unrelated issues for more than a year while the EPA and California regulators asked why its cars were running much dirtier on the road. The agencies refused to approve 2016 models without an answer. Only then did VW acknowledge that software switches its engines to a cleaner mode during official emissions testing. The “defeat device” then switches off again, giving the cars more power while emitting as much as 40 times the legal pollution limit during actual driving, the EPA said.
ARONOVITZ LAW: Miami Class Action Lawyers
The Miami class action law firm of ARONOVITZ LAW pursues justice for citizens across Florida who have been injured by the wrongful actions or omissions of another individual, government agency, or corporation. In addition to Florida consumer class action litigation, we can assist you with civil litigation including whistleblower cases, medical malpractice, product liability, and wrongful death cases.
Contact Miami consumer class action attorney Tod Aronovitz at 305-372-2772 for a confidential discussion of your case.