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In what has been designated as the biggest scandal ever involving a car manufacturer, German automaker Volkswagen, or VW for short, recently admitted to installing software in several different diesel vehicle models in order to detect and defeat federal emissions testing. This software, which is also referred to as a defeat device, was installed in the electronic control module of VW diesel vehicles to sense when the vehicle was undergoing emissions standards testing administered by the United States federal government. The defeat devices worked by detecting changes in the position of the steering wheel, vehicle speed, the duration of engine operation, and barometric pressure.

When the cars were operating under controlled emissions testing conditions, which typically involved putting them on a stationary test rig, the defeat device put the vehicle into a sort of safety mode in which the engine ran below normal power and performance. At all times other than during emissions tests, the defeat device was essentially turned off and the vehicle ECM software ran a separate road calibration that reduced the effectiveness of the emission control system. So, what was the result? The engines emitted pollutants up to 40 times above what is permitted by United States emissions regulations.

Now, VW is facing mounting class action lawsuits that have been, and continue to be, filed against it all over the country in addition to a lawsuit filed against it by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The VW class action lawyers of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. are currently reviewing claims on behalf of owners of certain diesel Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche vehicles.

According to multiple reports, nearly 600,000 Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche diesel engine vehicles in the United States, and 11 million worldwide, were subject to the VW emissions scandal. The makes and models involved include:

Affected Years

Make

Model

2012 - 2015

Volkswagen

Beetle TDI

2012 - 2015

Volkswagen

Beetle Convertible TDI

2010 - 2015

Volkswagen

Golf TDI

2015

Volkswagen

Golf Sportwagen TDI

2009 - 2015

Volkswagen

Jetta TDI

2009 - 2014

Volkswagen

Jetta Sportswagen TDI

2012 - 2015

Volkswagen

Passat TDI

2009 - 2016

Volkswagen

Touareg TDI 3.0L

2010 - 2015

Audi

A3 2.0L

2014 - 2016

Audi

A6 Quattro 3.0L

2014 - 2016

Audi

A7 Quattro 3.0L

2014 - 2016

Audi

A8 3.0L

2014 - 2016

Audi

A8L 3.0L

2014 - 2016

Audi

Q5 3.0L

2009 - 2016

Audi

Q7 3.0L

2013 - 2016

Porsche

Cayenne 3.0L

If you own or lease any of the cars listed above, contact the VW class action lawyers of Rhine Law Firm, P.C. as you may be legally entitled to compensation. Lawsuits filed against VW claim that the company should be held liable to consumers for marketing its diesel vehicles as clean, environmentally friendly alternatives to cars with gasoline engines. VW went so far as to market its diesel vehicles with the name "CleanDiesel," leading consumers to believe that the vehicles had better fuel-economy and emitted much less harmful gases into the atmosphere. VW's actions were all a big farce used to mislead consumers. If you or someone you know owns or leases a 2009-2016 VW, Audi, or Porsche diesel vehicle, contact a Wilmington product liability attorney Rhine Law Firm, P.C. today for a free case evaluation.

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