03 November 2015
Second Wave of Cars With Cheat Devices Investigated
More car models are under investigation at Volkswagen in America.
The US Environmental Protection Agency will now be investigating more Audi and Porsche models - an investigation prompted by emissions rates nine times higher than the limit in 3.0-litre diesel sports vehicles.
The additional models now under investigation are dated from 2014 up until now, and include:
- VW Touareg
- Porsche Cayenne
- Audi A6 Quattro
- Audi A7 Quattro
- Audi A8
- Audi A8L
- Audi Q5
Around 10,000 cars are now under investigation in the USA. Many more are likely to have been sold in the EU. This would add to the 11 million cars already affected by the ‘defeat device’ scandal.
The inclusion of the above models into the American investigation raises fears that the fitting of cheat devices was more widespread than VW has previously admitted. This may lead to more legal claims and may increase the prospects of a group action against VW. If the defeat device was found to be installed on the new models and the affected cars were sold into the UK it would also result in more recalls and higher fines for the manufacturing giant.
However, Volkswagen has denied that 3.0-litre V6 engine diesel cars are involved in the scandal saying, “no software has been installed in the 3.0-litre V6 diesel power units to alter emissions characteristics in a forbidden manner."
Having successfully concluded major litigation claims, including the UK’s largest ever group litigation action, Slater and Gordon Lawyers are ideally placed to lead the legal action in the UK against Volkswagen. We have already collected details from thousands of owners via our VW Emissions Scandal page in preparation for group litigation should VW owners suffer financial loss following the proposed fix of their cars.
We are still keen to hear from people who have vehicles that have been fitted with a cheat device. By bringing the individuals affected by the VW emissions scandal together into a group, we will create a stronger legal claim.
If you are not sure if your vehicle is affected click on our cheat device check page to find out.
Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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