For some car owners, the Dieselgate scandal is still fresh in their minds. For those who need a reminder, it went down like this. Volkswagen touted a cleaner diesel engine to appeal to nature lovers. Unfortunately, the engine was only truly clean when it was being emissions tested. Software and hardware installed in the vehicle would sense when a vehicle was undergoing emissions testing and would kick in, giving the vehicle the appearance of being cleaner. Once on the road, however, the vehicles emitted amounts of pollutants that were much higher than federal and state regulations allow. Now, Volkswagen is settling another class-action lawsuit.
The Fast Lane Car reports that Volkswagen is settling a $96.5 million class-action lawsuit related to fraudulent fuel economy claims.
Volkswagen just announced that it has reached a settlement in the class-action lawsuit that is related to fuel economy claims in its vehicles with a gasoline engine. Approximately 98,000 vehicles in model years 2013-2017 model year cars that were sold or leased in the United States got 1 mile per gallon less fuel economy than originally touted.
Volkswagen will compensate owners who file a claim and have an affected vehicle. Eligible owners will be compensated in the amount of $5.40 to $24.30 for each month they’ve owned or leased the vehicle.
In addition to the monetary settlement, Volkswagen will also have to adjust their greenhouse gas credits.
The settlement is still awaiting EPA and court approval. As terms of the settlement, Volkswagen will not admit any wrongdoing or liability.
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