Lawsuits filed against Audi have accused the company of CO2 emissions cheating on certain gasoline-powered models. Audi is facing several class action lawsuits over allegations that it installed a software defeat device to conceal the emissions levels of the affected models. Audi may also be facing lawsuits filed individually by drivers who purchase or leased these vehicles.
Audi’s emissions cheating was uncovered by investigators at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) during Summer 2016. Investigators have discovered that Audi’s A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 gasoline powered models had been equipped with a software defeat device that was designed to hide the vehicles’ higher-than-advertised CO2 emissions levels from regulators and consumers.
This defeat device was designed to detect when the affected Audi models were undergoing emissions testing. The software switches the vehicles into “low rev” mode during inspection, causing them to use less fuel and thus emit lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). During normal driving conditions, the vehicles’ engines return to regular operation, increasing their performance as well as their fuel consumption and emissions levels.
As a result of Audi’s emissions cheating, drivers who purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles may experience increased fuel costs or a decrease in the value of their vehicles. The affected vehicles include Audi models sold between 2012 and 2017 with a gasoline engine and an AL 551 or DL 501 automatic transmission, including:
Attorneys representing drivers who purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles have stated that additional Audi models may also be implicated in the emissions cheating scandal as additional testing is performed on other Audi vehicles.
Audi is facing several class action lawsuits filed on behalf of drivers whose vehicles were affected by the company’s emissions cheating. Audi may also face additional lawsuits filed individually by consumers who were overcharged for their vehicles and who may face additional costs as a result of Audi’s false marketing regarding the performance and emissions levels of the affected models.
If you purchased or leased an Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, or S8 model, you may be eligible to take legal action over Audi’s emissions cheating. The first step in filing a claim is to speak with an experienced attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented numerous Audi and Volkswagen diesel owners whose vehicles were involved in the Dieselgate scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was one of a few select attorneys chosen by a federal judge to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the VW Multidistrict Litigation, which helped to oversee the Dieselgate lawsuits against Volkswagen.
For more information about the allegations of emissions cheating against Audi and to find out whether you may be eligible to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.