In the UK, vehicles must comply with legal emissions standards. However, the Volkswagen Group (VW) – including Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and SEAT – allegedly fitted defeat devices into some diesel-engine vehicles and tricked the emissions regulation testing system. As a result, many VW vehicles appeared to comply with the required emissions standards when they did not.
Since we launched our initial VW group-action claim in 2020, we have discovered that the car manufacturer may have fitted more of its diesel vehicles with illegal emissions defeat devices than initially thought.
This means that you could have a VW emissions claim, even if you have previously been told that you do not qualify. We have launched a second VW diesel emissions claim to help affected vehicle owners claim compensation.
What is the VW dieselgate case about?
Dieselgate is one of the biggest corporate scandals in history. It happened when VW and other car manufacturers fitted illegal defeat devices into some of their diesel vehicles to cheat emissions regulations. The result was high levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) being emitted into the atmosphere. In some cases, the toxic emissions were up to 35 times the legal limit. These gasses have a direct impact on the environment and human health.
Affected VW drivers were misled about their vehicles’ efficiency, performance, and environmental friendliness and may have suffered losses as a result. For example, because the vehicles did not meet the promised environmental and performance standards, they may be worth less than the drivers paid for them. Drivers may also have paid higher fuel bills and maintenance costs, and these vehicles’ performance may also have been negatively affected.
Initially, VW admitted that 11 million vehicles worldwide, including almost 1.2 million in the UK, were installed with software capable of cheating emissions tests. The manufacturer then recalled these cars.
In 2020, Keller Lenkner UK launched a group action claim to help VW customers affected by the ‘dieselgate’ scandal claim compensation. Our initial VW claim related to cars with a 1.2l, 1.6l or 2.0l diesel engine manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat.
However, we have discovered that newer VW engines could also have been ‘fixed’ to cheat emissions testing. This means that many more VW diesel vehicles could have been fitted with illegal emissions software than initially thought.
Owners of these vehicles could now also have a claim, even if they have previously been told that they do not qualify, and Keller Lenkner UK has launched a second VW diesel emissions claim to help affected vehicle owners claim compensation.
What vehicles are affected?
VW diesel cars (including Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda diesel models), acquired between 2008 and present day, with a 3.0l, 3.0l V6, 4.0l V8, 4.2l V8, EA897, or EA288 engine could all be affected. Owners and lessors of these models may be eligible to join our second claim.
VW has not admitted that the newer engines were installed with a defeat device. However, we believe VW is guilty of a cover-up and that covert fixes were made, without the consent or knowledge of customers, when affected vehicles were taken for repairs or services. These vehicles may have suffered in terms of performance as a result.
Don’t lose out on your chance to make a VW claim with Keller Lenkner UK
If you have purchased or leased an affected VW, Audi, SEAT or Skoda, you may have a no-win, no-fee claim. If you are not sure if you have a claim, it is worth finding out.