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Volkswagen 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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Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Claim

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Volkswagen 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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Can I still make a VW diesel claim?

Diesel emissions claims as a whole are still ongoing, however, the VW diesel claim has now mostly been settled in the UK. With that said you could still qualify for compensation when making a diesel emission claim against Volkswagen – if you purchased an affected diesel vehicle using a Personal Contract Purchase finance deal, then you may still be eligible. You may also still be eligible depending on your specific VW model.

Read on to find out more or contact us today. The law firm we will put you in contact with works on a No Win No Fee basis, so it won’t cost you a penny to check if you have a case!

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What is the VW emissions scandal?

The VW diesel emissions scandal, much like other emissions scandals involving other vehicle manufacturers, was caused by dishonest leadership. 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.

If you’re a victim of the VW emissions scandal, then you could be entitled to make diesel emissions claims and receive compensation.

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What do we know about the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal?

VW emissions claims have arisen because the company attempted to get around laws governing levels of emissions. In 1999, the US instated Tier 2 rules about emission standards for cars and light-duty trucks and these applied from 2004 and started to be phased out in 2017. This was later phased out by new Tier 3 standards which were regularly updated to ensure that all vehicles followed the correct maximum nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits. The lapses of Dieselgate primarily involved the Tier 2 standards. The UK and EU followed similar standard changes, but under different names – primarily Euro 1-6.

Following the new diesel emission rules, Volkswagen released a new line of cars with turbocharged direct-injection (TDI) diesel engines. The promise was that these models of Clean Diesel vehicles performed well without contributing too much to air pollution.

Cars from these new lines were fuel efficient and appeared to comply with the current emission standards. Every single one of the models released attested to this.

After running several NOx emissions tests, all vehicles passed the standards—even winning awards for their seemingly excellent effects on the environment. Many people in the auto industry praised the performance of the new models and their ability to stay environmentally friendly to a degree.

However, all was not as it seemed…

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How was the Dieselgate scandal discovered?

In 2013, the independent organisation International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) uncovered the ruse surrounding these VW models. The group contracted a few students from West Virginia University Center for Alternative Fuels Engines and Emissions (WVU CAFEE).

After running diesel emissions tests, they observed excess nitrogen oxide emissions from VW’s TDI cars. The students used the portable emissions-gauging systems from the Japanese firm, Horiba.

Results from previous evaluations were significantly different this time. The NOx emissions were far from the required standards. Through these tests from WVU CAFEE, the students discovered test-rigging software from Volkswagen’s new line of cars.

How did Volkswagen cheat the tests?

Volkswagen had a hard time finding the balance between low harmful emissions and fuel efficiency. To combat this, the automaker coded software that lessened NOx emissions in exchange for lower performance.

However, the software only minimised these emissions when it sensed that the car was undergoing tests. This was done by tracking the pedals and the steering mechanism.

This means that the car was installed with defeat devices that essentially rigged the results by toggling its harmful emissions on and off. That’s why it performed well and consequently appeared to have low levels of NOx during evaluations in labs. Only after these test conditions did these diesel powered powered vehicles reveal the true levels of nitrogen oxides being released into the atmosphere.

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What models were affected by the VW diesel emissions scandal?

Over 10 million cars were affected by VW’s defeat devices, here are some of the VW diesel models that were affected.

  • 2009-2015 VW Beetle 2.0L TDI
  • 2009-2015 VW Golf 2.0L TDI
  • 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 L TDI
  • 2014-2015 VW Passat 2.0L TDI

Most of the models released by the Volkswagen Group within the timeframe of the Dieselgate scandal have turbocharged direct-injection engines. For the complete list of affected models, you may check the manufacturers’ websites. 

In addition to possible recalls of some of these cars, VW has vowed to stop all sales of these 2015-2016 TDI-equipped vehicles.

Either way, those who have purchased or leased these models within a certain period are eligible to file a claim. 

Volkswagen deceived many car buyers into thinking they were buying a diesel engine that complied with emissions standards, hence they should be held accountable.

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The VW diesel claim involving their software that rigged test results led to a lot of consequences, including environmental, financial, and legal repercussions.

Unfortunately, some consequences also affected car owners who purchased models that had VW’s TDI diesel engines. Buyers were essentially tricked into thinking that they were buying a car that balanced powerful performance and environmentally friendly emission levels.

The good thing is that if you’re eligible, you can start a free claim with a Diesel Emission Claim. Our recommended solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning you’ll never be charged for making a claim unless your claim is successful.

Start a VW diesel emissions claim

The VW diesel claim involving their software that rigged test results led to a lot of consequences, including environmental, financial, and legal repercussions.

Unfortunately, some consequences also affected car owners who purchased models that had VW’s TDI diesel engines. Buyers were essentially tricked into thinking that they were buying a car that balanced powerful performance and environmentally friendly emission levels.

The good thing is that if you’re eligible, you can start a free claim with a Diesel Emission Claim. Our recommended solicitors work on a no-win, no-fee basis, meaning you’ll never be charged for making a claim unless your claim is successful.

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What has Volkswagen actually done using illegal software?

Volkswagen had a hard time finding the balance between low harmful emissions and fuel efficiency. To combat this, the automaker coded software that lessened NOx emissions in exchange for lower performance.

However, the software only minimised these emissions when it sensed that the car was undergoing tests. This was done by tracking the pedals and the steering mechanism.

This means that the car was installed with defeat devices that essentially rigged the results by toggling its harmful emissions on and off. That’s why it performed well outside the tests and consequently appeared to have low levels of NOx during evaluations in labs.

Court cases about the scandal in the UK proceeded differently. There were many trials in London, but the final compensation to affected car owners was paid as out-of-court settlements. VW paid a total of over £190 million for affected drivers in the UK.

One of the reasons why the law firms that represented the affected British drivers opted for an out-of-court settlement was to avoid lengthy court cases about the scandal. The longer the trial process, the more resources it would cost the affected clients.

Volkswagen paid settlements, particularly in England and Wales, without accepting liability. For some time after the Dieselgate scandal broke out, the company was adamant that technical glitches explained the differences in emissions test results.

However, after further investigation, the company came clean about the defeat devices and test-rigging software in 2015 – admitting that the affected vehicles did indeed have a defeat device installed.

According to an article from Reuters, VW’s admission was due to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatening to disallow the release of the automaker’s newer diesel models.

Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, Michael Horn, fully admitted to the company’s lapses, saying they were dishonest. Horn apologised on behalf of the automaker for breaking their clients and the public’s trust.

Volkswagen paid settlements, particularly in England and Wales, without accepting liability. For some time after the Dieselgate scandal broke out, the company was adamant that technical glitches explained the differences in emissions test results.

However, after further investigation, the company came clean about the defeat devices and test-rigging software in 2015 – admitting that the affected vehicles did indeed have a defeat device installed.

According to an article from Reuters, VW’s admission was due to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threatening to disallow the release of the automaker’s newer diesel models.

Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, Michael Horn, fully admitted to the company’s lapses, saying they were dishonest. Horn apologised on behalf of the automaker for breaking their clients and the public’s trust.

Why was the scandal so widely talked about? How serious were the consequences of Dieselgate? 

Here we answer those questions, and more as we explore the aftermath of VW’s emissions scandal.

Financial Repercussions

One of the first things that took a hit for the Volkswagen group was its finances. Even before the company accepted liability, it had begun settling action claims.

Although VW has already settled over $30 billion in fines, settlements, claims, and buybacks in the US, the automaker also had to pay for penalties incurred in different countries, such as Australia, Canada, and Hong Kong, among others.

In the UK, drivers participated in a group litigation against VW UK. The car manufacturer paid over £190 million as a settlement for claims from around 90,000 car owners in May 2022.

Additionally, the Volkswagen Group shares plummeted by around 20% after the Dieselgate scandal was covered by media outlets. Dieselgate was known as one of the most expensive corporate misconduct cases.

Environmental and Human Health Impacts

Unfortunately, most diesel engines release nitrogen oxide (NOx)—an air pollutant. These have detrimental effects on human health, ecological communities, and even agricultural crops.

The effects of this air pollutant urged governments to impose the emissions standards we discussed earlier. These made sure that cars are only allowed to emit certain legal levels of nitrogen oxide.

Because of VW’s test-rigging software, millions of car owners unknowingly contributed to air pollution because their cars were going over the legal NOx quantities. A research article from the Environmental Pollution journal tried to assess and quantify how much Dieselgate contributed negatively to the environment.

Results from the study showed that over 520kt of NOx polluted the air during the years 2009—the year when VW started their new lines of TDI cars—and 2015. The additional NOx came from nine million Volkswagen vehicles that had defeat devices.

Plus, the research also suggests that everyone all over the world lost a lot of years of healthy living (45,000 years, to be exact) due to the excess NOx emissions within that time period.

Effects on Reputation

Dieselgate deceived a lot of car owners. Most charges and court cases were related to false representation of their vehicles. 

VW had claimed that their cars complied with diesel emissions standards, not just in the UK, but in other countries and regions as well. The false representation of their Clean Diesel cars put quite a dent in their reputation as an automaker. Media exposure was mostly negative as well.

However, surprisingly, some polls from German tabloids showed that a hefty percentage of Germans still trusted VW group even after Dieselgate. The reasoning behind their belief and loyalty was that other manufacturers likely had manipulative secrets of their own too. This has proven to be true, with plenty of other manufacturers since being caught out for similar defeat device scandals, such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, and more.

Are you one of the car owners who purchased a model affected by Dieselgate? You can hold Volkswagen to account by filing a diesel claim. 

This is where we come in. We are committed to providing all clients with access to legal assistance when it comes to getting compensation from manufacturers like VW. 

Our aim is to connect you with the best emissions claim solicitors in the UK to handle your claim. Below is a quick guide on how to start your claim.

1. Fill In Your Details

Your first step is to fill in your details. This part includes simple questions to gauge if you qualify for compensation.

We strictly adhere to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), so you don’t have to worry about your information. We’ll never use it for anything other than its intended purpose.

The forms are also encrypted to protect your data from ever getting leaked to anyone else.

2.Undergo an Eligibility Check

After you’ve submitted your details, the next step is to undergo an eligibility check.

This step is a crucial part of filing diesel claims. That’s because we don’t want you to be given any false hope that you’re eligible for emissions compensation from the relevant car companies.

3. Confirmation

Last but not least is confirmation. At this point, you’ve done your part, and you may sit back and wait. We’ll reach out to you for further details if needed. Otherwise, you can expect that our panel of recommended solicitors will begin working on your case.

We won’t charge you any legal fees until, if successful, you get the emission compensation that you deserve.