Audi has admitted that another 60,000 vehicles are being recalled following further probes into so-called “defeat devices” being fitted into more vehicles than previously confirmed.
The models reportedly affected are the Audi A6 and the Audi A7 that are fitted with a particular type of diesel engine. Germany’s KBA previously requested a hearing because of suspicions more models were fitted with illegal defeat devices.
The news of the wider Audi recall will no doubt increase the pressure of the headache that parent company Volkswagen has been suffering since the breaking of the “dieselgate” scandal we’re taking action on.
There has been another Volkswagen settlement in the US as the UK remains ignored. In this latest settlement, VW are set to be paying $33.5 million to the US State of Maryland as a result of the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal.
News of this latest settlement that follows a long line of settlements totalling around $15 billion in the US will serve only to anger the ignored UK consumers who are being completely refused compensation.
This is why the legal action we’re co-steering is important.
So, Volkswagen may sue former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, for his alleged involvement in the “dieselgate” scandal, yet many are left wondering: what about compensating their victims?
According to media reports, VW are potentially looking to recover around £88 million in damages from their former executive, which could financially ruin him. Yet all this talk of action and investigations into their own scandal still doesn’t change the fact that there are possibly two million potential UK victims of the scandal who are being refused compensation.
Former Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, has been formally charged by US authorities for violating the Clean Air Act and allegedly covering-up knowledge of the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal.
Court documents reportedly reveal that Winterkorn knew about the automaker’s use of the defeat devices, yet he failed to alert authorities and covered up knowledge of the cheating behaviour.
These latest criminal charges are set to put even more pressure on Volkswagen who has already settled compensation claims in the US but is currently refusing compensation to UK victims.
Fiat Chrysler are thought to be close to settling an emissions action that involves over 100,0000 vehicles that the US Justice Department says are breaking emissions laws.
Fiat Chrysler have always denied any wrongdoing, yet reports have emerged of an offer for settlement made to the automotive company that’s close to bringing the emissions actions against them to a close in favour of punishment.
It’s thought that civil action could still be initiated thereafter, and that a “fix” will be applied to resolve the emissions issues.
Audi SQ5 sales have been suspended in the UK. Although the official line from Audi is that it was down to production slots being filled, there are suspicions that it might actually be due to new emissions laws coming into force in the next few months.
The Audi SQ5 suspension follows that of the Porsche Macan S Diesel which was thought to have been suspended due to an inability to stay legal when it comes to emissions laws. With both Audi and Porsche a part of the Volkswagen Group that’s at the heart of the ongoing “dieselgate” scandal, there is reason to question all things emissions-related when it comes to this particular automotive giant.
The Nissan Qashqai SUV is reportedly breaching EU NOx limits, adding to the list of cars that appear to be emitting far more pollutants than perhaps expected.
Some tests – as we have seen from the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal we are dealing with compensation claims for – appear to show that there are models polluting significantly more NOx on the road.
Reminiscent of the behaviour Volkswagen was caught out for, we are now asking the question: “Are BMW cheating emissions testing?” A US lawsuit says they are, which has been launched against the German automotive giant over what is being alleged as “misleading” practices.
The legal case launched says that BMW allegedly failed to disclose “emission manipulations”, and the result is that the vehicles cannot perform without wrongfully manipulating emission controls.
It’s all very familiar of the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal we are currently representing victims for.
Volkswagen’s focus on pay rises for bosses is a slap in the face for emissions scandal victims, who continue to be refused compensation in England and Wales. Although Matthias Mueller was recently replaced, it didn’t stop VW increasing his already generous pay packet by around 40% last year, while leaving the victims of the “dieselgate” scandal without a penny.
VW has also boasted of brighter profits recently as well, and when you consider the refusal to compensate emissions scandal owners in England and Wales, it’s a slap in the face for victims in my view.
With potentially two million people eligible to claim for Volkswagen emissions compensation in the UK, some people who have yet to secure their place are asking: should I join the class action lawsuit against VW?
One of the most important things for you to know is that the clock is ticking, and the deadlines are set. If you are yet to sign-up to our Claimant Group, and you are serious about claiming, you need to take action NOW.