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Volkswagen/Audi Timing Chain Lawsuit

Many Volkswagen (VW) and Audi models manufactured between 2008 and 2013 have a serious engine defect that could not only be a health hazard, but could also lead to severe engine damage that costs thousands of dollars to fix. If you own or lease one of these vehicles, you may be able to take legal action in the form of a class action lawsuit. Contact Baron & Budd by calling 866-723-1890 or get started online.

Serious Allegations of Corporate Misconduct

On May 18, 2016, New Jersey resident filed a lawsuit against VW and Audi, alleging that the companies knowingly manufactured vehicles with a timing chain, or tensioning system, defect. The plaintiff also claims the manufacturers tried to hide this defect.

The affected vehicles 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

In 2009, the plaintiff leased a VW Jetta that he would ultimately purchase three years later. In 2014, he claims, the vehicle experienced a timing chain malfunction that caused “catastrophic” damage to the engine.

As a result of the malfunction, he had to replace several engine parts, including the camshaft, chain, valves, brackets, chain tensioner and more. Not only did he have to go without the vehicle for two weeks, he also had to pay thousands of dollars for repairs. He is alleging that VW and Audi, which are both part of the Volkswagen family, knew about the defect – or at least should have known about it – yet failed to warn consumers. The plaintiff said that if he would have known about the problem, he either would not have purchased the vehicle or he would have paid substantially less for it.

The plaintiff is leveling several serious charges against VW and Audi, including:

  • Fraud
  • Breach of express and implied contractual duties
  • Negligent misrepresentation
  • Breach of express and implied warranties

How the System is “Supposed” to Work – And What Happens When it Doesn’t

The vehicles in question come equipped with 2.0-liter EA888 engines. The tensioning system includes a device called a chain tensioner, which is designed to make sure the timing chain works properly. The timing chain keeps the camshaft and the crankshaft in sync, helping ensure the valves and pistons function correctly.

However, if the chain malfunctions, that can bend valves and result in extensive engine damage. When this happens, the vehicle will lose power and no longer be able to accelerate. As a result, the driver and any passengers will be at a significant risk of being hurt or killed in a rear-end collision. This problem can also lead to a loss of steering control and brake failure.

Warranty Hassles

According to VW’s and Audi’s warranty and maintenance schedules, the tensioning system should work for at least 120,000 miles without needing to be repaired or replaced. The manufacturers offer warranties that include “bumper to bumper” coverage for three years or 36,000 miles (whichever comes first), and a powertrain limited warranty (five years or 60,000 miles). These warranties are supposed to cover all internal engine parts. If a problem occurs, the manufacturers are supposed to repair or replace the defective part at not cost to the consumer.

But the plaintiff claims that the manufacturers refused to repair or replace the system, intentionally passing on the cost to consumers by “fraudulently concealing the existence of the defect,” according to court records.

How Baron & Budd Can Help

If you have a VW or Audi vehicle manufactured between 2008 and 2013, that automobile may have a potentially serious timing chain defect. You may be eligible to take legal action against the manufacturers by participating in a class action lawsuit to obtain compensation for any repairs that may have been necessary due to a timing chain malfunction. Please call Baron & Budd at 866-723-1890 or complete our contact form for a confidential consultation.