Volkswagen Group Emissions Scandal Claims | Irwin Mitchell

If you own a diesel powered vehicle manufactured by the Volkswagen Group (VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands), you can register with us to find out whether you might be entitled to claim compensation.

Can I Make A Compensation Claim?

Claims against the Volkswagen Group are possible due to breaches of consumer laws. We may be able to help you recover any repair costs, increased fuel costs, additional depreciation to the value of your vehicle and a range of other possible damages from VW.

Which Vehicles Are Affected?

Vehicles with Type EA 189 diesel engines, built between 2009 and 2015, were fitted with the device, though there are suggestions that vehicles dating back to 2007 could be affected.

The specific brands and numbers involved are:

  • Volkswagen cars: 508,276
  • Audi: 393,450
  • Seat: 76,773
  • Skoda: 131,569
  • VW commercial vehicles: 79,838

It has been announced that the following models were fitted with the device (excluding 2015 models with Euro 6 engines):

  • VW: Golf (2009-2015), Beetle (2009-2015), Jetta (2009-2015), Passat (2014,2015)
  • Audi: A1, A3 (2009-2015), A4, A5, A6, TT, Q3, Q5

It is also possible that the following vehicles could be affected:

  • Skoda: Octavia, Fabia, Rapid, Roomster, Superb, Yeti (not confirmed)
  • Seat: Leon, Ibiza, Toledo, Alhambra, Altea, Exeo, Toledo (not confirmed)

What Is The Scandal?

Up to 1.2 million vehicles in the UK, and 11m cars worldwide, have been installed with devices that effectively “cheat” crucial emissions tests.

The global car manufacturer is facing criminal investigations and claims for damages after millions of cars have been sold with the promise that they would produce much lower emissions than they actually did. The ‘defeat devices’ used in emissions tests could detect whether a vehicle was being tested and manipulated the results.

As a result of the emissions scandal, VW has announced that it’s suspending the sale of 4,000 vehicles in the UK and is set to announce a series of recalls of affected vehicles.

Our specialist product liability solicitor, Kevin Timms, spoke to the Daily Mirror about the issues owners of affected vehicles might face.

For more information on the scandal, view our handy infographic here

How We Can Help

Irwin Mitchell’s Product Liability team specialises in representing people who have been sold unsatisfactory products. The team has extensive experience of dealing with large-scale group actions.

We have already received over 1,000 enquiries regarding the emissions scandal and will continue to update those who have registered with us with information on how you can make a claim.

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