Emissions compensation pay-outs
The sequence of car emissions scandals over recent years has shook the world, provoking significant distrust towards the global car manufacturing industry. Group actions have been launched in numerous countries against several notable car manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mercedes. Millions of pounds in emissions compensation pay-outs have already been won for some carmakers around the globe, and we continue to pursue cases here in the UK.
Carmakers in the UK are refuting that they have done anything wrong. Our investigations should determine if this is the case or not.
If you own or have previously owned a vehicle alleged to contain a ‘defeat device’, a function that could allow vehicles to cheat emissions tests, you may be able to claim compensation for being mis-sold the vehicle. We understand that it can be shocking to learn you have been driving a car producing excessive amounts of harmful NOx, but we are here to help.
What could you claim for?
In each of the emissions scandals, customers may have been mis-sold the car on the basis that it had passed emissions tests, if it is then found that car manufacturers purposely cheated these tests. Through your legal rights as a consumer, you could be eligible to claim compensation for any financial losses that may have resulted from the emissions problem. For example, in many cases, the value of affected models may have dropped considerably following the emissions scandal. In cases where there have been software updates to deactivate the defeat devices, some vehicle owners have reported a negative impact on the performance of the vehicle, and this could also be a factor in an emissions claim.
In fact, even if you cannot provide evidence of financial losses – for example, if you sold the car prior to the emergence of the emissions scandal – you may be eligible to simply claim for your having owned or leased an affected vehicle.
The potential value of emissions compensation pay-outs
One important area of law that can determine the value of emissions compensation pay-outs is the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPUT). Under this law, consumers are safeguarded against deceitful companies and manufacturers. As certain car models may have been sold under false pretences, under the CPUT, consumers could be entitled to anything between 25% to 100% of the original cost of the vehicle.
For example, in our Mercedes action, Your Lawyers has initially estimated that compensation could reach tens of thousands of pounds for affected vehicle owners. We project that a compensation pay-out could be in the thousands of pounds mark in any event, meaning carmakers could be liable to pay billions of pounds in damages.
Join The Car Emissions Lawyers’ group actions
If you join our group actions in time, you could be eligible to claim your share of the total compensation pay-out if the actions succeed. The car manufacturers have already suffered devastating blows to their reputations, but making a compensation claim can help to impose further punishment on the companies in question, ensuring that they have felt the repercussions of any unfair trading practices that may be established.
Unfortunately, the environmental and health damage of the excess NOx emissions cannot be undone, but our group actions could help to show companies that such deceit will not be tolerated again. If you wish to know whether you may be entitled to claim, use one of our simple online sign-up forms to find out whether you are eligible right away.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.