The German publication Der Spiegel is reporting as many as 30 Volkswagen managers had some role in the company’s emissions cheat software. The news was reported in the U.S. by Wired magazine. Volkswagen is the subject of several class action lawsuits after it was revealed proprietary software installed by the company disguised true nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions on more than 10 million diesel vehicles.
In September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, alleging VW and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include a “cheat device.” The device is able to detect when a vehicle is undergoing emissions testing, and adjust emissions levels to within Clean Air Act limits. However, when the car is operating during normal driving conditions, emissions were found to be as much as 40 times higher than federal limits allow.
The emissions cheat device was found to effect the 2009-2015 models of the Jetta, Beetle, Audi A3, Golf and Passat.
Volkswagen denied the story implicating its managers, or at least the number of managers said to be involved. A VW spokesperson responded by saying, “This number is without foundation. Due to the ongoing investigation we will not reveal the number nor the names of possible persons concerned.”
Volkswagen will recall affected vehicles to fix the cars’ emission systems to meet federal standards. While the violations do not pose a safety hazard, and the cars are legal to drive and resell, the deception is expected to hurt the actual and perceived value of the vehicles, causing financial losses to consumers. The class action lawsuit seeks to address those losses.
If you drive a Volkswagen or affiliated manufacturer model affected by the emissions cheat, you may have cause to join a class action lawsuit for relief from economic losses. Fill out the contact form on this site for an evaluation of your potential claim.