A worrisome development in the VW emissions scandal has emerged. Volkswagen Group has announced that the head of the US branch, Michael Horn, is stepping down effective immediately. While Michael Horn came to the head of the US branch after the scandal first broke, it doesn’t good that he left the company before an ultimate fix was in place.
Volkswagen has a number of options that could rectify the trouble they’ve caused for their dealers, vehicle owners, and regulators. While it would seem obvious that Volkswagen could produce new software to disable the current “defeat devices” in the affected vehicles, such a fix doesn’t appear to be forthcoming. The worst-case scenario for Volkswagen would be to initiate a buyback program that would force the company to buy the vehicles from consumers. It’s quite likely that Volkswagen will have to do that in some parts of the world due to much stricter environmental regulations in other countries.
If Volkswagen doesn’t buy back the vehicles and doesn’t produce a fix, that will leave current customers stuck with a lemon that cannot legally pass emissions. No consumer should be stuck with a car that is illegal to drive and cannot be sold. If you own one of the affected vehicles, seek legal help. Call John Foy & Associates to learn how you can get compensation for your faulty vehicle.