It has been weeks since the VW emissions scandal broke, but consumers are still expressing their anger spurred by this automaker’s emissions test cheat. VW has revealed that 11 million cars are affected worldwide. As the story unfolds, it is important that consumers have all of the details.
A major selling point pushed by VW is excellent fuel economy particularly that their vehicles get better gas mileage in real world conditions, as compared to during Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laboratory testing. VW has been advertising this to entice potential buyers to choose a VW for years. However, this is only because the same defeat device used to manipulate emissions also stifled the fuel economy during laboratory testing.
So, not only do owners of the affected models have to worry about emissions, but they also have to worry about a decline in fuel economy once their vehicles have been repaired. The CEO of VW United States has only promised that, once repaired, the vehicles will meet “sticker fuel economy,” which is significantly less than results the vehicles were getting on the road.
If you or someone you know owns a recalled VW model, contact a Board Certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.