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Many Volkswagen (VW) and Audi models made between 2008 and 2013, according to a New Jersey lawsuit, have a major defect that can lead to not only thousands of dollars in repairs, but can also present a substantial health hazard. If you have one of these vehicles, you need to pay close attention to the following – you may even want to consider legal action.
The problem, according to the plaintiff in the lawsuit, is that certain Audi and VW models have a defective timing chain tensioning system. This part of a vehicle connects the camshaft to the crankshaft, helping to make sure that pistons and valves work in sync. However, the lawsuit alleges that the timing chains in certain Audi and VW cars can suddenly malfunction when the vehicle starts up. As a result, serious engine damage can occur.
What’s even worse is that this problem can lead to significant health risks. The plaintiff in the case alleges that a timing chain malfunction can result in a sudden loss of power, leading to loss of steering and brake control. He also alleges that VW and Audi knew there was a defect in some of their vehicles, yet failed to warn consumers. By refusing to provide complimentary repairs in the event of a timing chain failure, the plaintiff alleges VW and Audi are wrongfully and intentionally transferring the cost to consumers.