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VW Emissions Scandal: Hardware Changes and Law Firm Appointed

By National Practice Group Leader, Group Litigation

Volkswagen has confirmed that around 3 million cars in Europe will need actual hardware changes to their cars, rather than the software update that was first suggested.

1.6 litre diesel engines fitted with emissions cheating devices will need a physical change that VW has not disclosed as yet.

VW Diesel Key

Volkswagen Appoints Law Firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Volkswagen has appointed a law firm to defend the multitude of claims that will be brought in the UK and France in relation to the emissions scandal.

VW say that Freshfields will be working closely with Kirland & Ellis, the law firm appointed in the US, but will be concentrating on lawsuits from Europe.

Volkswagen’s Irish Boss Apologises

Lars Himmer, head of VW Ireland, apologised to customers when he was questioned by the Oireachtas Transport Committee. He confirmed that 115,000 vehicles in Ireland are affected and would be recalled in January 2016 at no cost to the owners.

To the committee, he stated: “I would like to express my sincere apologies that our group has significantly let down our customers, our staff, our dealers and the wider public.

“We accept we mishandled these tests and we will fix this at our expense and in a way that minimises any disruption to our customers or other stakeholders.”

Ship Owner Seeking Compensation from Volkswagen

To add to Volkswagen’s problems, ship owner I M Skaugen is seeking $50 million in compensation from VW’s marine unit. They allege that Volkswagen rigged performance tests of ship engines produced over a decade ago.

The Norwegian company alleges that six engines they bought from the VW part-owned MAN company had misleading specifications. This has led to higher fuel consumption than specified over the lifetime of the engines.

Group Action Against Volkswagen

Slater and Gordon are still investigating the possibility of a group action against Volkswagen over the emissions scandal. VW still haven’t told us what they are planning to do to the engines affected, or what the software update will entail. Until we know this no one knows how engines will be affected.

We are gathering information from people who own the affected vehicles, and VW shareholders, who may be interested in joining the case.

If you have been affected by the VW emissions scandal, either as a vehicle owner, business or shareholder, please register your details with us on our VW Emission Scandal Investigation page.

Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

Follow Jacqueline Young on Twitter for live updates on the VW scandal.

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