By now, you’ve probably heard how German automaker Volkswagen conspired to cheat on emissions tests, making millions of cars that let far more pollutants into the air than American regulations allow. As a result of this fraud, the company is now faces dozens of product liability suits by customers who claim the resale value of their car has been affected.
Cars are a poor investment–new ones lose as much as 11 percent of their value the second you drive them off the lot–but they still count as an asset, and part of their value is that they can be sold if you need money. By negatively affecting the resale value of their cars, Volkswagen impacted the financial security of thousands of families, and these lawsuits argue that they should compensate their customers for this lost value.
Dealers selling Volkswagen cars and holders of Volkswagen stock have also sued the company, as many of them stand to lose money as a result of this scandal.
While the scandal could have a negative impact on the resale value of all Volkswagen cars, the only ones with the emissions-cheating software are the ones that use diesel fuel and contain turbocharged direct injection (TDI) engines. Volkswagen began putting the software in its 2009 models and has done so up to the present.
Your car may have this software if it uses diesel fuel, has the TDI designation, and is one of the following models:
- Audi A3 (2010-2015)
- Beetle (2012-2015)
- Beetle Convertible (2012-2015)
- Golf (2010-2015)
- Golf Sportwagen (2015)
- Jetta (2009-2015)
- Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
- Passat (2012-2015)
If your car is from one of the above models and years, you may qualify for a product liability lawsuit against Volkswagen. Contact the product liability attorneys at Long & Long by calling (251) 432-2277, and we’ll find out whether you have a case for free. Long & Long serves clients in Mobile and throughout the rest of Alabama.