The Volkswagen Group (VW) is a German automaker that was founded in 1937 with the mission of making automobiles affordable for everyday German citizens, which is why it was dubbed “the people’s car.” Today, Volkswagen has become the largest automaker based on worldwide sales and currently produces a number of popular models including the Jetta, GTI, EoS, New Beetle, Passat, Tiguan, Touareg SUV, and many others. Despite boasting precision German engineering, however, numerous VW models have been prone to defects.
Timothy Abeel & Associates, P.C. is the premier consumer law firm serving clients throughout all of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Trenton. If you have purchased or leased a Volkswagen that has been in for multiple repairs while under a manufacturer’s warranty, you may have a Lemon Law claim under applicable state and federal law. Our experienced attorneys have extensive experienced fighting for the rights of consumers and can help you obtain significant compensation.
The VW Emissions Scandal
In 2016, Volkswagen admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in more than half- a-million vehicles sold in the United States with the 2.0-liter diesel engine, and as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide. In short, VW installed emission software that enabled these vehicles to cheat the emissions test established by the Environmental Protection Agency.
In the emissions test mode, the vehicles were fully compliant with federal nitrogen-oxide (NOx) emission standards. Under normal driving conditions, however, the computer switched to a separate mode that changed the fuel pressure, injection timing and exhaust-gas recirculation, permitting NOx emissions far higher than the federal limit.
The company entered into a $14,7 billion settlement with the federal government that included a $10 billion buyback program for about 475, 000 vehicles. Under the deal, owners were given up to two years to collect their compensation, either a buyback at a premium, or a fix by VW if possible.
Volkswagen subsequently entered into a separate agreement concerning vehicles with 3.0 liter diesel engines that had the emissions cheat software. The company agreed to buy back 20,000 of those vehicles, recall 23,000 and pay $250 million to partially settle these claims.
Volkswagen Passat Recalls
The emissions scandal has certainly been a black eye for Volkswagen, but the scandal has also grown to include other European automakers. Although the emissions cheat story dominated the headlines, there have been other recalls issued by VW.
In May 2017, Volkswagen recalled 84,262 model-years 2012-2014 Passat vehicles equipped with diesel engines and direct-shift transmissions. Underbody heat shields were not long enough to protect the right side axle boot, which could cause a leak of grease and fire hazard. Dealers were instructed to make the needed repairs.
Volkswagen Defects Attorney
Whether your Volkswagen vehicle was part of the multi-billion buyback settlement, subject to another recall, or experienced other problems that have gone unresolved, it helps to have an experienced consumer law attorney to rely on.
At Timothy Abeel & Associates, P.C. our legal team is well versed in applicable Lemon Laws in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and federal warranty law. Although Volkswagen built its reputation on providing quality vehicles for everyday people, the emissions scandal has tarnished that legacy. At the same time, the automaker has also issued numerous technical service bulletins and recalls in the United States.
We routinely represent Volkswagen owners and lessees and have a proven track record of pursuing successful Lemon Law claims. If your Volkswagen has been in for multiple repairs or out of service for an extended period of time, you may be entitled to significant compensation, including a repurchase, a replacement vehicle, cash compensation, and reasonable attorney’s fees. Call our office today for a free consultation or fill out the contact form.
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