09 January 2017
VW Faces Legal Claim in UK Over Emissions Scandal
VW will be facing claims at the High Court when VW Emissions Action argues the case for VW car owners in England and Wales affected by the emissions scandal later this month. Slater and Gordon have already had more than 12,000 affected car owners come forward and register their interest for legal action and hope that they, along with anyone else effected, will join the action.
In the US, VW have already had to pay out £14.1bn to fund clean air projects and compensate VW owners.
First and second-hand VW car owners can join what could become the biggest group action in legal history led by Harcus Sinclair in collaboration with Slater and Gordon. This is at no financial cost to individuals and all you need to do is complete the online sign-up process.
This legal action is the best opportunity UK customers have to hold VW to account over this scandal where the car manufacturing giant has shown utter contempt, not just for the rights and health of their UK consumers but also the environment.
VW Emissions Action will argue that VW deliberately deceived thousands of customers by installing so-called ‘defeat devices’ which fooled emissions tests and meant affected vehicles produced up to 40 times the legal limit of deadly Nitrogen Oxide (NOx).
Which Cars Are Affected by The VW Emissions Scandal?
Affected models include VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda vehicles with 1.2, 1.6 and 2.0 EA 189 diesel engines manufactured between 2009 and 2015.
Anyone who purchased or owned an affected vehicle, whether it was purchased new or second hand can join the group action. You can still bring a claim if you have already sold the car; however, you will need proof of your previous ownership (including its VIN number). You can bring a claim if you bought the car outright with cash, or financed it from Volkswagen Financial Services. You can also bring a claim if you have had the vehicle ‘fixed’ by way of the on-going software update VW are carrying out.
When Does VW go to Court Over The Emissions Scandal in The UK?
The three law firms are joining forces to start a group claim for consumers in England and Wales bringing a legal action, called a Group Litigation Order (GLO) against the Volkswagen Group (VW) as a result of the car emissions scandal.
The application for the group litigation order will be heard in the High Court on 30 January 2017.
Current or previous owners of cars affected by the scandal can seek redress by joining the legal action at vwemissionsaction.com.
Jacqueline Young is the head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.