5 Things You Need To Know About The Volkswagen Recall
Recently, Volkswagen found themselves in seriously hot water over their TDI Clean Diesel line of engines. It’s the talk of the car world, but what does that mean if you bought a VW?
5. It’s A Software Thing
When VW made their TDI engines, certain model years contained some code in the emissions software that could circumvent emissions testing. It would sense when the car was being tested by looking at a ton of parameters, and reduce the exhaust accordingly. This allowed them to market the TDI as “Clean Diesel” when it was no such thing.
4. It Went On For Six Years
It’s not like this software just popped up and the authorities caught them and said “Oh no you don’t” and that was that. This software was installed as far back as 2009. That means every TDI engine that left a VW assembly plant in the last six years has been cheating the system. It’s kind of mind-boggling to think that they’ve been getting away with it for this long — but they just weren’t getting caught.
3. They Charged Customers For Something That Didn’t Exist
Anyone who purchased a TDI-equipped car in the affected years can tell you one thing about that car. They paid more for it. A lot more. In fact, some models saw a $7,000 price hike just for the TDI engine. The improved performance that was supposed to come with it wasn’t there, and neither were the benefits of registering a low-emissions car. Now you have people who paid $1,000-7,000 for features and benefits that didn’t exist. Just let that sink in.
2. It Goes Beyond Just Volkswagen Cars
The Volkswagen Auto Group, better known by their proper name Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, is made up of way more companies than you realize. Porsche, Lamborghini, Bugatti… all of these are part of VW AG. This also includes Audi, which is why the A3 comes in a TDI version. Surprise, surprise, Audi A3 TDI’s made after 2009 also fall under this category of cars that cheated emissions tests.
1. Yes, You Absolutely Can Sue Them — And Should
Think of it this way. If you’re driving a Jetta, Golf, Passat, or A3 with a TDI in it, you paid up to $7,000 for smoke and mirrors. Literally. Volkswagen told you your car was clean when it wasn’t. Now you’re stuck with a car you paid too much for and possibly can’t register. There are a number of class action suits coming together, and will likely be consolidated, because that’s just what happens in class action suits. Anyone with a qualifying VW or Audi needs to get their money back, and this is how it happens.