I have been a practicing California Lemon Law attorney for over 25 years and have seen a lot of automobile manufacturer scandals over the years. The latest scandal involves Volkswagen. Volkswagen is alleged to have programmed the emissions control systems in its TDI “clean” diesel engines so that the emissions controls would only work when the cars were being emissions tested. At all other times the emissions controls would be off. If true, Volkswagen is likely in violation of several state and Federal laws.
Owners of vehicles containing these engines and defective emissions control systems will likely see the resale value of their vehicles plummet. Further, the emission control system in these vehicle will undoubtedly require software updates. What will these updates do the performance of these vehicles? Will it effect fuel mileage, engine performance, etc.? Will the resale value of these vehicles ever recover? As usual in these types of scandals, vehicle owners are the ones that get shafted. Volkswagen will pay fines and move on. Owners have to live with the issue created by the alleged, intentional conduct of Volkswagen. The following year and model Volkswagen vehicles may be effected by this emissions scandal – 2009-2015 Volkswagen Golf; 2009-2015 Volkswagen Jetta; 2009-2015 Volkswagen Beetle; 2014-2015 Volkswagen Passat; 2009-2015 Audi A3.
Fortunately, California residents who own these vehicles may have rights and remedies under the California Lemon Law and other laws. The laws may force Volkswagen to provide restitution, damages or other legal remedies. If you own one of these vehicle and would like to discuss your legal rights, please contact us and we would be happy to provide you with a free consultation.