Two new videos have been released providing in-depth information on the benefits available to class member owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles with 3.0-liter engines affected by the diesel emissions fraud. One video relates to “Generation One” vehicles, Volkswagen Touareg (models years 2009-2012) and Audi Q7 (model years 2009-2012), and a second video relates to Generation Two vehicles, VW Touareg (model years 2013-2016), Audi Q7 (model years 2013-2015), Audi A6, A7, A8, A8L, and Q5 (model years 2014-2016), and Porsche Cayenne (model years 2013-2016).
An earlier video provides similar information for owners of 2.0-liter “Clean Diesel” vehicles.
Background on the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Emissions Fraud Case
On September 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a Notice of Violation to Volkswagen relating to nearly 482,000 diesel-powered cars in the United States since 2008 sold under the VW and Audi brands (Volkswagen owns Audi) on which VW installed software that intentionally changed the vehicles’ emissions production during official testing.
VW programmed the computers in these cars to detect when they were undergoing official emissions testing. Only then did the cars turn on their full emission control systems. The controls are then turned off during actual road use, resulting in better fuel economy and performance, but producing significantly greater pollutants in violation of U.S. clean air laws.
On June 28, 2016, a class-wide settlement was filed by the consumer plaintiffs in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation that will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0-liter diesel vehicles with substantial compensation through buybacks and lease terminations, government-approved emissions modifications, and cash payments, while fixing or removing these polluting vehicles from the road. On October 25, 2016, Judge Charles M. Breyer granted final approval to the historic $14.7 billion settlement relating to 2.0-liter engine vehicles.
On February 1, 2017, consumer plaintiffs and the FTC filed settlement agreements relating to affected 3.0-liter engine vehicles. If approved, the settlements will provide owners and lessees of Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche 3.0-liter diesel vehicles substantial cash compensation in addition to buybacks, trade-ins, government-approved emissions modifications or compliant repairs, depending on the generation of vehicle. Preliminary approval of the 3.0-liter vehicle settlement was granted on February 16, 2017. The court will hold a final fairness hearing to determine whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate on May 11, 2017.
Lieff Cabraser founding partner Elizabeth J. Cabraser serves as Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the national VW diesel emissions consumer fraud litigation.