Galante & Bivalacqua, LLC attorneys are investigating cases in both state and federal courts involving Volkswagen cars with emission systems designed to defraud regulators.
On Sept. 23, 2015, Volkswagen CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn took responsibility for the defeat devices called out by the EPA for cheating vehicle emission tests and resigned.
In his official statement posted on the VW website, Dr. Winterkorn stated, “Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group.” The automaker’s supervisory board is expected to discuss potential successors to Winterkorn in the next few days.
On Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, news broke that German automaker Volkswagen has been programming more than 11 million vehicles worldwide, nearly 500,000 of those vehicles in the United States, to cheat on tests by emitting lower emissions levels in official tests than how they actually perform on the road.
Affected Volkswagen Diesel Models Include:
- Audi A3 TDI (2010-15)
- Beetle TDI (2012-15)
- Beetle Convertible TDI (2012-15)
- Golf TDI (2010-15)
- Golf Sportwagen TDI (2015)
- Jetta TDI (2009-15)
- Jetta SportWagen TDI (2009-14)
- Passat TDI (2012-15)
All are powered by the company’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engines. Volkswagen advertised the cars as VW and Audi “CleanDiesel,” but the EPA reportedthat they release more than 40 times the allowable pollution.
As of Sept. 22, 2015, Volkswagen had not issued a formal recall of these cars or announced a plan or timeframe to fix the cars. However, it did halt the sale of all new cars in question.
If you own one of the vehicles above, you may have an economic loss claim for potentially overpaying for your car and any depreciated value due to the Volkswagen Vehicle Defect. For more information, you may contact Galante & Bivalacqua, LLC and speak with an attorney today.
Potential Fines and Criminal Investigation
Under the Clean Air Act, Volkswagen could be fined as much as $37,500 for each vehicle in question, a possible total penalty of $18 billion. Additionally, VW now faces a criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice just as General Motors did. The company announced it has set aside more than $7.2 billion to cover the anticipated cost of the scandal.