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What You Need to Know About the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, Part 2

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 2-Nov-2015

The unfolding Volkswagen scandal rocked the newswires when the EPA first accused the European automaker of wrongdoing in September, 2015, but VW's alleged practice of fraudulently manipulating vehicle emissions apparently goes back several years. According to reports, the German automaker began installing cheating software in some Clean Diesel models as early as 2008. Researchers from West Virginia University eventually detected the deception and blew the whistle to federal regulators and the State of California, which maintains strict emissions standards.

Fallout from the Scandal

The emissions scandal immediately lead to the firing of Volkswagen CEO, Martin Winterkorn, who stepped down from his job and now faces potential criminal prosecution. VW's new CEO, Matthias Mueller, has warned workers to expect cutbacks. Volkswagen withdrew its 2016 diesel vehicles from EPA consideration for sale in the United States, and the company’s financial woes will begin with a painful $7.3 billion recall. VW may need to pay up to $18 billion alone for Clear Air Act fines as well as pay other fines and fees around the world.

Your Options as a Volkswagen Owner: What to Do Next

The case against Volkswagen involves hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens, spread across the country and filing for relief in multiple districts. Each jurisdiction has its own rules for how much time you can take to join a lawsuit, and the litigation process is somewhat different in each jurisdiction.

If you bought a Volkswagen Jetta, Golf, Beetle or Passat, or if you own an Audi A3, you may be a victim of Volkswagen’s alleged deceptive practices. To claim the damages you’re owed, consult with Washington D.C. attorneys who are experienced in handling large, complex cases like this. Call us now for a free consultation.

Despite the VW and GM scandals, it's not time to give up on the auto industry yet. Read some good news about the future of cars: Tesla Model S P85D Blows Away Consumer Reports' Rating System.

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