BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The law firm of Berman DeValerio is investigating Volkswagen AG (“Volkswagen” or the “Company”) for possible consumer fraud in connection with allegations by Federal and State regulators that the Company rigged emissions tests for certain of its diesel vehicles, which the Company promoted to consumers as being high performance, high mileage and low emission.
Specifically, Berman DeValerio (www.bermandevalerio.com) is investigating allegations that Volkswagen installed a “defeat device” on certain diesel vehicles which would turn on the full emission control system only when the car was undergoing emission testing. Once the emission test was completed, the car’s emission control system is shut off – thus improving performance and mileage, but also resulting in the car emitting up to 40 times more pollution than allowed by U.S. and State regulations. The vehicles currently identified by regulators as containing defeat devices are the following models equipped with turbo diesel engines:
- Jetta (MY 2009 – 2015)
- Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
- Beetle (MY 2012 – 2015)
- Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
- Audi A3 (MY 2010 – 2015)
- Golf (MY 2010 – 2015)
- Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
- Passat (MY 2012-2015)
Although the EPA has ordered Volkswagen to recall these diesel vehicles to remove the defeat devices, news reports indicate that it may result in lower engine performance and lower gas mileage– depriving the owners of the promised benefit of their purchase. In addition to civil investigations by U.S. and California environmental regulators, the Department of Justice has recently launched a criminal probe of Volkswagen over the automaker’s alleged conduct. If you have purchased one of the affected models and would like to discuss your legal rights, please contact attorneys Nathaniel Orenstein or Mark Delaney at (617) 542-8300.
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