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Volkswagen Admits to Installing Alleged “Defeat Device” Software in 11 Million Vehicles

Volkswagen Admits to Installing Alleged “Defeat Device” Software in 11 Million Vehicles

Volkswagen, the world’s largest automaker, has now admitted to installing software which appears to have been designed to cheat federal emissions tests in 11 million vehicles.  The affected vehicles were marketed as “clean diesel” automobiles, and consumers who purchased the vehicles were promised both a “green driving” experience and great fuel economy.

In light of Volkswagen’s recent admission, it appears the company’s promises about the “clean diesel” vehicles may have been flat out lies.  Even worse, some industry insiders and experts believe the company will not be able to fix the emissions problem without impairing the vehicles’ performance.  Stuck between a rock and a hard place, consumers from around the country have begun filing class action lawsuits, alleging that they were defrauded into purchasing the “clean diesel” vehicles.    In addition, the company is also facing criminal investigations from the United States Department of Justice and at least one State Attorney General.

The software at the center of this evolving controversy has been dubbed a “defeat device.”  The “defeat device” software is allegedly able to determine when a federal emissions test is being conducted by sensing the manner in which the vehicle is being steered, the length of time the engine is being run, and the atmospheric pressure.  When these conditions align with those present during a federal emissions test, the software apparently forces the engine to operate within the maximum anti-pollution standards.  The engine allegedly operates in a far different manner during normal driving conditions.

So far, the company has admitted to installing the controversial software in the following vehicles:

YearMake Model
2009-2015VolkswagenJetta
2009-2014VolkswagenJetta Sportswagen TDI
2012-2015VolkswagenBeetle
2012-2015VolkswagenBeetle Convertible
2010-2015AudiA3
2010-2015VolkswagenGolf
2015VolkswagenGolfSportWagen TDI
2012-2015VolkswagenPassat

 

But stay tuned—the list may expand in the days, weeks, and months to come.  In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is now investigating whether another model of engine installed in additional Volkswagen and Audi vehicles was programmed with the same or similar software.

The Newsome Melton law firm is currently handling claims on behalf of consumers who purchased “clean diesel” Volkswagen vehicles.  If you have a legal question about the Volkswagen “clean diesel” litigation, or wish to join the case and seek compensation, contact Newsome Melton today.

Volvo Recalls More than 30,000 Vehicles Due to Software Issue

Volvo Recalls More than 30,000 Vehicles Due to Software Issue

Volvo, one of the only large vehicle manufacturers headquartered in Sweden, produces many large trucks meant for transporting goods as well as luxury vehicles. In early 2012, Volvo recalled approximately 22,383 trucks due to a relay valve defect that affected the trucks’ brakes. Now, the Swedish company is in the midst of a recall affecting approximately 30,929 S60 models.

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