On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued what is called a “notice of violation” or “NOV” of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. This NOV (fully found here) alleges that:
four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The software produced by Volkswagen is a ‘defeat device,’ as defined by the Clean Air Act. California is separately issuing an In-Use Compliance letter to Volkswagen, and EPA and the California Air Resources Board have both initiated investigations based on Volkswagen’s alleged actions.
According to the NOV, affected diesel models include:
- Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015)
- Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
- Beetle (MY 2012 – 2015)
- Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
- Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2015)
- Golf (MY 2010 – 2015)
- Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
- Passat (MY 2012-2015)
If you own one of these vehicles, amongst other potential causes of action for fraud or misrepresentation (or the like), you could be entitled to more than just the cost of repairs for your vehicle. In some states, you are also entitled to the “diminished value” of your vehicle. I have written on this topic before. Here, the diminished value may be due to your vehicle’s resale value if there are issues by which the car could be worth less money at trade in time or sale time.
We fight for diminished value (and definitely for fraud if present!).
Call me today, an experienced Chicago auto accident lawyer at 312-888-6058 for a free consultation.
I can help you fight and try to get what you deserve.