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If you own an Audi affected by the latest emissions test circumvention scandal, you’re probably seeing red about now – and with good reason. Owners of affected models could suffer substantial economic losses as a result. If you are among this group, you may be considering legal action in order to obtain the compensation you feel you deserve.
A German newspaper, BILD am Sonntag, reported in early November that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) discovered Audi outfitted certain models of vehicles (the A6, A8, Q5 and Q7) with software designed to help it “cheat” emissions testing. When the vehicle is in test mode, according to the report, a program engages that lowers the “revs” of the engine, lowering carbon dioxide emissions and improving gas mileage.
However, when the car’s steering wheel is turned 15 degrees or more, the program shuts off and the vehicle resumes normal operation. This, according to the newspaper, means much higher carbon dioxide emissions and burning of gas. The affected models all have 3.0-liter engines and are powered by gasoline.
Most people purchased one of these vehicles with the understanding that they were not only helping their bank accounts due to great gas mileage, but they were also helping the environment by helping to lower dangerous carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. If these allegations have you hopping mad, you’re not alone.
There is a very good chance that the value of the affected models will be lowered a great deal, and it could also be very expensive to make those vehicles comply with legal emissions limits. That’s why you should seriously consider legal action if you own one of these cars.
Audi’s parent company is Volkswagen, which recently underwent a similar scandal involving vehicles that were rigged to pass nitrous oxide emissions tests. It cost nearly $15 billion for the automaker to settle the case, and consumers were given several options as a result of the settlement. These included:
While it’s far too early to say what the result of these latest allegations may be, your best chance at obtaining compensation will be to participate in a class action lawsuit against Audi. If you own a gasoline-powered Audi Q6, A8, Q5 or Q7 with a 3.0-liter engine, learn more about your options by calling Baron & Budd at 866-362-2834 or complete our contact form for a confidential consultation.