The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen for violating federal environmental laws back in February of this year for its part in putting millions of vehicles on the road that violate emissions requirements. Recently environmental officials with the Obama Administration have voiced uncertainty as to whether the Administration and Volkswagen AG will be able to meet the April 21 deadline set by the Court to come up with plans as to how to address the excess emissions that are coming from some 580,000 diesel vehicles made by the automaker and sold in the U.S.
According to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the two sides were in “really robust” ongoing talks. However, she also stated in the press conference that she was not sure if the two sides would agree to a deal by April 21. McCarthy declined to comment as to whether the administration may accept a partial fix or if it would demand Volkswagen to buy all of the vehicles back.
Volkswagen announced that emission tests for as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide were fraudulent. As a result, the company’s chief executive officer abruptly left after news of the scandal was announced. So far Volkswagen has set aside up to 6.5 billion euros in order to address the problem. The actual amount, however, could go higher as investigations intensify regarding Volkswagen vehicles.
Officials in California indicated that the state might allow partially repaired VW diesel cars to continue operating on its roads because a full fix might be impossible. The fix would not solve issues regarding excessive emission levels of VW vehicles and the company may be required to do more as a part of a compensation fund.
For many decades, Volkswagen has enjoyed a reputation for producing safe, reliable cars and more recently vehicles that were more environmentally friendly. Through recent announcements, regarding cars made by Volkswagen, many vehicles have lost their value. Owners of Volkswagen vehicles affected have had to endure additional costs in dealing with a defectively made vehicle. The best thing that a Volkswagen owner who has a vehicle that is affected by this recall can do is to talk to an attorney and become a part of a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen.
A class action lawsuit made up of fellow Volkswagen owners will help keep legal costs low and ensures that all of those plaintiffs involved in the case will receive the same as every other Volkswagen customer. There are no costs to you upfront and any legal fees are paid out of the settlement once it is reached.
Such a financial recovery, especially in a case such as this Volkswagen recall case, may be able to help make up for the lost value of your car, pay for your fuel costs and even help you get a new car.
If you or your family has purchased a Volkswagen model that is affected by the recall, you need to contact a qualified attorney soon. Volkswagen wants to lessen their liability as much as possible, so don’t wait. Contact Atlanta’s “Strong Arm” attorneys, John Foy & Associates for a FREE consultation to discuss your options. You may contact us at 404-620-3484 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.