As part of its settlement with the U.S. government, auto manufacturer Volkswagen has reached an agreement to buy back or repair diesel cars affected by the company’s emissions violations. These cars overwhelmingly belong to Volkswagen’s TDI (Turbo Diesel Injection) car line, though other diesel cars in the Volkswagen family of vehicles were found to have similar violations.
Over 480,000 cars are affected by this settlement, which covers all affected Volkswagen models with 2-liter, 4-cylinder diesel engines.
A number of defective product lawsuits have been filed against Volkswagen after it was revealed that the company used software to alter the vehicles’ output during emissions tests. This allowed the auto manufacturer to mislead the public by selling vehicles that were marketed as environmentally friendly but in fact violated emissions regulations.
In doing so, Volkswagen infringed on its customers’ rights in several ways. They misleadingly marketed their TDI cars, and the vehicles’ actual emissions output has considerably lowered their value, effectively causing owners to lose money.
The two options Volkswagen appears to have—repairing the cars, or buying them back—represent two different ways of restoring value lost by people who bought the cars.
If you have a Volkswagen TDI or Audi diesel car from the last 5 years, there’s a chance you could be affected by this settlement. Contact the defective product lawyers at Long & Long to schedule a free consultation today. Long & Long serves clients in Mobile and throughout Alabama, and can be reached at (251) 432-2277.