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SEAT owners may be entitled to compensation after defeat devices were added to diesel vehicles so they could cheat emissions standard tests.

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How did the SEAT diesel emissions scandal emerge?

Most countries, including the UK, have emission regulations to avoid excess nitrogen oxide pollution from vehicles. Unfortunately, some car manufacturers have been accused of bypassing these laws by using defeat devices or test-rigging software.

Amongst these car manufacturers is Volkswagen who have been accused of being part of a widespread emissions scandal surrounding the automaker, known under multiple different names including Dieselgate, diesel dupe, or Emissionsgate.

What is the Seat Diesel Emission scandal?

The SEAT Diesel Emission scandal is not the first among automotive manufacturers. The emissions scandal first emerged when a group of researchers from West Virginia University and the International Council on Clean Transportation were conducting tests on a range of diesel vehicles in 2014. They found that Volkswagen diesel cars were emitting amounts of NOx that would prove harmful for human consumption. In 2015, Volkswagen was formally accused, and in 2016, it made multiple settlements with several agencies and has made strides to reform its image.

In total, Volkswagen likely paid over £25 billion. £10 billion of that went to affected owners of vehicles. The reason for this is simple, the NOx that was being inhaled has a range of harmful consequences on the human body. 

NOx stands for Nitrogen Oxide, and the amount emitted by diesel engines was around 40x more than was allowed by European regulations. 

Short Term Exposure to high NOx 

  • Irritation – NOx causes irritation to the respiratory tracts, which are basically your airways. Symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, a tight chest and being unable to catch your breath are the result. It can also cause intense itchiness in the eyes, as well as redness, tearing and discomfort. 
  • Worsened symptoms of respiratory conditions – Conditions around breathing are worsened by a great deal due to the increased level of NOx exposure. For example, those suffering from Asthma, a condition that affects over 5 million people in the UK, will find they have more severe asthma attacks, with a higher frequency. 
  • Cardiovascular Irritation – NOx usually incurs respiratory problems, but it has also been linked to heart-related issues. 

Long Term Exposure to high NOx

  • Cardiovascular damage – Long-term exposure to NOx has been associated with a range of cardiovascular diseases that can be outright fatal. Amongst these include heart attacks, strokes and hypertension. 
  • Cancer risk – NOx contributes to the formation of PM2.5, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and enter your bloodstream. This causes a large amount of respiratory and cardiovascular problems, but most worryingly, cancer. 
  • Smog – Ground Level Ozone is formed when NOx reacts to volatile organic compounds. This can create smog, and cause respiratory problems and lung damage. 
  • Altered development of children – NOx may cause reduced development of the lungs’ functional growth in children. Children, in general, are much more susceptible to the harmful effects of NOx than anything. 

How did nobody catch this before? 

The reason nobody caught that the diesel emissions were 40x higher than it should be is because of the diesel emission cheating software that was installed into the vehicles without authorities noticing. 

SEAT is one of the car manufacturing companies that have been accused of this. Their range of vehicles between 2008 and 2016 was found to have the very same software installed. 

Have you owned a diesel vehicle made between 2008 and 2016? You may be eligible for compensation. 

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Why should I make a SEAT Diesel Emission claim?

If you owned a diesel vehicle from SEAT or any of the accused car manufacturers, which consists of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, SEAT and Porsche, between the years of 2008 and 2016, you may be eligible for a diesel emission claim. 

Should you have owned one of these vehicles, the following is why you are entitled to make a compensation claim against SEAT: 

  • Fraudulent Sale – The cheating software masked the true nature of the vehicle. As a result, when you thought you were buying a vehicle that was safe and in line with European safety regulations. Instead, you bought a vehicle that was not only not sold as advertised, but dangerous to you and any children you may have.
  • Health Impact – By buying a vehicle with emission-cheating software, you have bought a vehicle that has put not only you but people who have been around or in the vehicle for even short amounts of time in danger of contracting the list of health issues above. Even if you didn’t contract any of these illnesses, the possibility was always there, and it was ignored for profit.
  • Breaches of Warranty – Warranties given to diesel cars are made in line with cars that are in line with European regulations. However, as we’ve pointed out, SEAT has violated these regulations completely. Therefore, the sections that detail coverage in regard to defects that occur in the genuine use of the vehicle is questionable. It can be argued in court that SEAT was never in a position to make good on the warranty due to this deception.
  • Lowered Value – The diesel gate scandal has unnaturally lowered the value of many diesel cars, with the models being affected and losing the most value. Considering that this was unnatural, and done as a result of fraudulent actions on behalf of SEAT, there is a case to be made in court.

Why should I make a SEAT Diesel Emission claim?

If you owned a diesel vehicle from SEAT or any of the accused car manufacturers, which consists of Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, SEAT and Porsche, between the years of 2008 and 2016, you may be eligible for a diesel emission claim. 

Should you have owned one of these vehicles, the following is why you are entitled to make a compensation claim against SEAT: 

  • Fraudulent Sale – The cheating software masked the true nature of the vehicle. As a result, when you thought you were buying a vehicle that was safe and in line with European safety regulations. Instead, you bought a vehicle that was not only not sold as advertised, but dangerous to you and any children you may have.
  • Health Impact – By buying a vehicle with emission-cheating software, you have bought a vehicle that has put not only you but people who have been around or in the vehicle for even short amounts of time in danger of contracting the list of health issues above. Even if you didn’t contract any of these illnesses, the possibility was always there, and it was ignored for profit.
  • Breaches of Warranty – Warranties given to diesel cars are made in line with cars that are in line with European regulations. However, as we’ve pointed out, SEAT has violated these regulations completely. Therefore, the sections that detail coverage in regard to defects that occur in the genuine use of the vehicle is questionable. It can be argued in court that SEAT was never in a position to make good on the warranty due to this deception.
  • Lowered Value – The diesel gate scandal has unnaturally lowered the value of many diesel cars, with the models being affected and losing the most value. Considering that this was unnatural, and done as a result of fraudulent actions on behalf of SEAT, there is a case to be made in court.

How do I know if I’m eligible for a SEAT Diesel Emission Claim?

As we’ve already stated, you must’ve owned or leased an affected SEAT diesel emission car. But there are other conditions under which you may be eligible to make a claim. In the next section, we will detail these very conditions. 

Relationship with the affected vehicle

The first set of criteria you must meet revolves around your relationship with the vehicle. You must have either owned or leased, the vehicle in question in the following ways:

  • The affected vehicle in question was purchased by you – regardless of whether it was first or second-hand. 
  • If the affected vehicle was leased to you through a contract with a company. If it was leased by a single individual via a verbal agreement, the process may be harder. 
  • If the affected vehicle was supplied to you as a company vehicle. 
  • If you have sold the affected car already. 
  • If you purchased the car through a work scheme set up by your employer. 
  • If you owe money on the financing of the vehicle. 

Evidence Required

The following is the evidence you will need in the actual claim, depending on the specifics of your claim: 

  • Proof of Ownership/Lease – You will require documentation proving your ownership or lease of the vehicle. This document can be the vehicle registration document, also known as a V5C, issued by the DVLA. In the case of leasing, the V5C is usually held by the leasing company. If you don’t have them, it’s not the end of the world – you simply need a credible document that has the registered keeper’s details, the affected vehicle’s make, model, registration date, engine size and colour, and also the Vehicle Identification Number.
  • Existence of the Emission Cheating Software – There has to be some form of confirmation that the emission cheating software was present in the vehicle when you had it. You can contact SEAT directly if you’re unsure, or perhaps even visit a national consumer protection agency. 

There will be more information on the specific pieces of evidence that can be accepted in the FAQs. 

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What models of SEAT diesel vehicles were affected by Dieselgate?

There is no definitive list of models affected. Approximately 11 million vehicles worldwide were affected by Dieselgate, with 700,000 of them being from SEAT. The following are the models confirmed to have the cheating emission software: 

  • SEAT Ibiza (2009 – 2018)
  • SEAT Leon (2012 – 2018)
  • SEAT Toledo (2012 – 2018)
  • SEAT Alhambra (2010 – 2018)
  • SEAT Altea (2009 – 2015)
  • SEAT Altea XL (2009 – 2015)
  • SEAT Exeo (2009 – 2013)

 

The list above is of the models confirmed to have been implanted with this software at launch. However, since then, there have been hundreds of thousands of vehicle recalls, meaning there may not be one present in your vehicle at the time of purchase.

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What evidence do I need to support a SEAT diesel emission claim?

Whilst every claim requires different evidence, sorting through what you have now and having an understanding of what you may be asked for will prepare you in advance: 

  • Proof of Ownership/Leasing – This should be obvious, but it will be necessary to prove that you actually own or are leasing the vehicle, or have in the past. The documents to prove each will be different. For ownership, you’ll need a bill of sale, and for leasing, you need a lease agreement. It’s important to have your name, vehicle identification number and date of purchase printed on any documents.
  • VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) – This will almost certainly be on your bill of sale/signed lease agreement. Regardless, it’s important to have it on hand to make queries easier.
  • Service Records – having documents proving that you have made adjustments to your vehicle over its run is important for two things. The first is establishing a paper trail that connects you to the vehicle, showing that you invested time and money. The second is situational, but if you have any servicing done in relation to the emissions of your vehicle, this can be used to prove that there were signs of emission troubles beforehand.
  • Proof regarding the vehicle’s recall – If your vehicle was an affected model, it’s likely that you were reached out to regarding the emissions issue on your vehicle for a free fix. This is only done in situations where the manufacturers believe that the vehicle you’re driving may pose a risk to your safety at no fault of your own. They’re usually delivered via the mail and will come with details regarding why the car is being recalled, as well as what will be done with it and when.
  • Expenditure due to emission fault – It’s possible to claim back any losses that you had to endure as a direct result of the emission fault. For example, having to pay for increased fuel costs, or even having to sell the vehicle for its new, reduced price that had occurred as a result of the scandal.
  • Witness statements – Witness statements are always a large deciding factor in court. However, there is a range in the level of credibility and authority that witnesses will be afforded. For example, someone who is accredited with work on your vehicle will be considered more powerful than someone who is not.