What has happened?
German car giant Volkswagen has admitted to cheating on emissions tests in the US, stating that they had “totally screwed up” by duping customers into believing that their cars had lower emissions. What’s more, they’re now saying that a further 1.19 million vehicles may be affected in the UK.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that some 482,000 diesel cars in the US including the VW-manufactured Audi A3, as well as VW brands Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat, were fitted with a “defeat device” that would detect when a car was being tested in controlled environments and run below normal power and performance thus showing reduced and inaccurate emissions rates.
A sophisticated device
Although full details regarding exactly how VW played the system have not been released, the EPA stated that diesel engines were fitted with computer software that could detect when cars were being tested in controlled scenarios. When the car detected that it was being tested, usually by monitoring speed, engine operation the position of the steering wheel, the vehicle kicked into a safety mode which would reduce power and performance. However, when the car was on the road it would switch off the test mode and operate at full power.
Once on the open road, the car would then emit nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40x what is legally allowed in the US.
So what does this mean for people who own VW cars in the UK?
VW announced that 11 million diesel cars across the globe may be implicated in the scandal and have specifically set aside nearly £5bn to cover any costs associated. There has been no official statement to say that any cars sold in the UK are affected by this scandal, yet VW has said that the 11 million cars identified all have a Type EA189 engine and show a ‘noticeable deviation’ in their emission levels when being tested and whilst on the road.
VW diesel vehicles will now come under scrutiny from the EU and if any of the cars in question have been sold in the UK, owners, as well as car dealerships, will now be able to make a claim for breach of contract as they had purchased or been selling cars based on fraudulent information which will inevitably devalue the vehicle.
Who can claim against Volkswagen?
Those who own VW diesel cars with Type EA189 2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engines, as well as car dealerships and VW franchise owners, can potentially claim compensation due to the fact this will have a negative effect on resale value.
The models involved
The cars in question include:
- 2009 VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen – test groups 9VWXV02.035N/9VWXV02.0U5N
- 2010 VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, VW Golf, Audi A3 – test group AVWXV02.OU5N
- 2011 VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, VW Golf, Audi A3 – test group BVWXV02OU5N
- 2012 VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, VW Golf, Audi A3, VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible – test group CVWXV02OU5N
- 2012 – VW Passat – test group CVWXV02OU4S
- 2013 – VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, VW Golf, Audi A3, VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible – test group CVWXV02OU5N
- 2013 – VW Passat – test group DVWXV02OU4S
- 2014 – VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, VW Golf, Audi A3, VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible – test group DVWXV02OU5N
- 2014 – VW Passat – test group EVWXV02OU4S
- 2015 VW Jetta, VW Jetta Sportswagen, VW Golf, Audi A3, VW Beetle, VW Beetle Convertible, VW Passat – test group FVGAV02.0VAL
A further list of cars potentially affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal:
- A3 Cabrio 2010-2015
- A4 2008-2015
- A5 2008-2015
- A6 2011-2015
- TT 2008-2014
- Q3 2011-2015
- Q5 2009-2012
- Octavia 2009-2013
- Superb 2008-2015
- Yeti 2009-2013
- Altea 2009-2014
- Leon 2012-2015
- Alhambra 2010-2015
- Altea 2009-2014
- Exeo 2008-2013
- Scirocco 2009-2015
- Eos 2009-2014
- CC 2012-2015
- Touran 2010-2015
- Sharan 2009-2015
- Tiguan 2009-2015
How to tell if your car is affected
VW, Skoda, Audi and Seat owners should check their V5C documents and service books to check whether they have the Type EA189 2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine. Alternatively, the UK VW customer service care centre will be able to advise whether your diesel car is affected.
Claim against Volkswagen today
Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Seat owners could be entitled to seek compensation for the following:
- Increased fuel costs
- Depreciation of vehicle value
- Expenses associated with future repair
- Increases to road tax
If you own any of the cars in question with a Type EA189 engine, contact the specialist team at Jefferies solicitors and claim for any reduction in value or associated expenses today.
For more information and advice, contact the expert solicitors at Jefferies on 0800 342 3206 or contact us online and a member of our team will get back to you.