Keefe Bartels is currently investigating a potential Class Action lawsuit against Volkswagen and Audi. We want to talk to consumers affected by the EPA’s recent discovery that VW purposefully violated federal and state laws by using a “cheat device” to evade emissions testing. If you own or lease a 2009 to 2015 Volkswagen or Audi DIESEL vehicle (VW Jetta, VW Beetle, VW Golf, VW Passat, or Audi A3), please contact us now for a free consultation.

Even though the EPA has ordered VW to recall the affected vehicles for repairs, VW will not be able to correct the issue without substantially degrading performance characteristics, including horsepower and fuel efficiency. In fact, the recall will actually wind up harming the consumers further, because their vehicles will no longer perform as they did when purchased or as advertised. This will result in a diminution in value of every affected vehicle and it will cause owners to pay more for fuel.

In addition, VW/Audi charged consumers a substantial premium for the “Clean Diesel” alternative to gasoline powered vehicles:

Clean Diesel Price Premiums

Model Base Mid Trim Top Trim
VW Jetta $2,860 $4,300 $6,315
VW Beetle $4,635 n/a $2,640
VW Golf $2,950 $1,000 $1,000
VW Passat $5,755 $4,750 $6,855
Audi A3 $2,805 $3,095 $2,925

Clean Diesel consumers did not get what they bargained for, and they should be compensated for their losses. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

Emissions Scandal Leaves Many Audi and VW Drivers In Need of Fair Compensation

Having spent many, many years at the top of many, many lists purporting to identify automobile manufacturers known for their trustworthy practices and reliable vehicles, Volkswagen may have gotten a bit too comfortable with their status in the eyes of the American public. However, unfortunately for both the corporate decision makers at VW and the members of the public who have trusted them over the years, information has recently come out that has regulatory watchdogs pointing the finger at the German automobile manufacturer for serious emissions violations which amount to blatantly lying to the government and drivers of their often coveted vehicles.

VW has now come under severe fire for the apparently intentional deceitful actions of the manufacturer’s corporate team, members of which have now admitted their knowledge of the severe environmental problems that are the subject of the now-rampant accusations against them. According to these admissions, VW team members involved in the design of vehicle emissions systems had apparently purposely tailored the emissions systems in Volkswagen and Audi vehicles to apply optimal emissions control mechanisms only when needed to pass government emissions tests, while spewing close to 50 times the acceptable amount of pollutants during normal driving. Although this type of scandal, as contrasted with the Ford Pinto of yesteryear, is fortunately not alleged to have caused any injuries or accidents, that does not mean that drivers of the manufacturer’s vehicles have not suffered harm.

In fact, in cases like this, it is crucial for drivers of Audi and VW vehicles to take a closer look at how a scandal like this will affect them, and consult a knowledgeable and experienced attorney as soon as possible in order to make sure that their legal rights are fully protected and justice is served. That is because in cases like this one, as compared to cases like the more obviously injurious Ford Pinto scandal, without taking a closer look at the situation and its effects on you as a VW or Audi driver, you risk overlooking the intricacies of how an emissions scandal like this will actually affect you as a driver until it becomes too late to seek fair compensation for your financial losses. Because our laws uses the Statute of Limitations mechanism to place limits on the amount of time that an injured party has to file a lawsuit, whether class action or otherwise, against a wrongdoer who has caused them harm, some of those harmed by Volkswagen’s actions could easily be left out in the cold in terms of fair compensation for their losses if they wait too long to pursue legal action. Unfortunately, because the clock typically starts ticking on a Statute of Limitations the moment an injured party “should have known” that he or she has suffered a loss, many injuries such as the financial impact on Audi and VW owners in this situation can be easily overlooked for too long, allowing the clock to run out on your time for pursuing justice. However, unfortunately for drivers who miss the boat on seeking fair legal compensation for VW, the realities of lost market values will still hit home when these unsuspecting victims eventually try to sell their once-environmentally-prized vehicles — potentially hitting their purses and wallets hard.

Don’t wait until it’s too late!!

If you or a loved one have made an investment in a Volkswagen or Audi vehicle which will now have its fair market value unduly soured by the revelation of this insidious emissions scandal, contact Keefe Bartels right away to learn more about how we can help you seek full legal compensation in this situation. Offering free consultations on all types of plaintiff’s claims, backed by our decades of award-winning experience handling both class action and individual plaintiff’s claims, we are ready to put our zealous team of skilled plaintiff’s attorneys to work on your behalf today! Call us or contact us by email right now for your free consultation.