Defect Can Result in Severe Engine Damage that Can Cost Thousands of Dollars to Fix

LOS ANGELES (May 24, 2016) – Baron & Budd is investigating a potential class action lawsuit against Volkswagen (VW) and Audi involving alleged timing chain defects that can lead to thousands of dollars in engine damage. A similar case has been filed in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (In Re: Case No. 2:16­cv­02765)

In the suit, the plaintiff is alleging that VW and Audi knowingly concealed a defect in the timing chain tensioning system of certain models manufactured between the years 2008 and 2013 with 2.0L engines. The plaintiff alleges that the tensioning system can fail at any time, resulting in severe engine damage that can necessitate either repair or replacement of a damaged part – or potentially the entire engine.

In addition, the plaintiff alleges that the defect is a substantial safety hazard. If the timing chain fails, the affected vehicle can lose engine power. This can lead to several hazardous problems, such as the ability of the vehicle to accelerate, a loss of steering control and an inability to use the brakes. According to the complaint, the drivers of the affected vehicles, as well as their passengers, are at a risk for rear-end collisions and other accidents.

The plaintiff alleges that VW and Audi knew of the defect, yet failed to disclose the problem and the corresponding safety risks.

Models with the alleged defect include:

  • 2008-2010 and 2012 VW Beetle
  • 2009-2013 VW CC
  • 2008-2012 VW EOS
  • 2008-2012 VW Golf
  • 2008-2012 VW GTI
  • 2008-2012 VW Jetta
  • 2008-2012 VW Passat
  • 2008-2011 VW R32
  • 2008-2010 VW Rabbit
  • 2009-2012 VW Routan
  • 2008-2012 VW Tiguan
  • 2008-2013 VW Touareg
  • 2011 VW Touareg Hybrid
  • 2008-2012 Audi A3;
  • 2008-2012 Audi A4
  • 2008-2012 Audi A5
  • 2010-2012 Audi A6
  • 2012 Audi A7
  • 2008-2012 Audi TT
  • 2010-2012 Audi Q3
  • 2009-2012 Audi Q5
  • 2012 Audi Q7

“These alleged actions on the part of VW and Audi are not only extremely deceptive, but can also put drivers and their passengers at a substantial risk of injury or death,” said Roland Tellis, head of the Consumer Class Action group at the national law firm of Baron & Budd. “No car buyer should be expected to have to deal with this type of serious defect, much less be expected to pay thousands of dollars should that defect lead to potentially catastrophic engine damage.”

If you bought or leased a 2008 to 2013 model year VW or Audi vehicle that has this defect, you may qualify to take legal action. Please call the national law firm of Baron & Budd at 866-700-8994 to learn more.

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