Audi is facing several class action lawsuits over recent allegations of emissions cheating. The lawsuits allege that Audi installed a software defeat device on its gasoline-powered models designed to hide these vehicles’ high carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions levels during testing.
The two class action lawsuits against Audi were filed on behalf of thousands of drivers who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by the company’s alleged emissions cheating. The affected vehicles were 2012 to 2016 A6, A8, Q5, and Q7 models equipped with a 3.0 liter gasoline engine and an AL 551 automatic transmission and S4, S5, S6, and S7 models equipped with a DL 501 automatic transmission.
According to the lawsuits, Audi continued to manufacture vehicles with an emissions defeat device until May 2016 – eight months after the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal became public. Documents uncovered by a German newspaper have shown that Audi executives were fully aware of the alleged emissions cheating involved in the current scandal.
The lawsuits against Audi allege that the automaker installed a software defeat device on the affected gasoline models. This device was designed to lower the vehicles’ CO2 levels during vehicle inspection, making them appear to emit lower emissions than they would under normal driving conditions.
In addition to the class action lawsuits filed against Audi, the automaker may also be facing lawsuits filed by individual vehicle owners over the alleged emissions cheating. Audi may also face lawsuits filed by shareholders, as well as environmental lawsuits from federal regulators.
If you purchased or leased one of the Audi gasoline models involved in the current allegations of emissions cheating against the company, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced attorney who can advise you of your legal rights and guide you through the process of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are representing hundreds of Volkswagen and Audi owners affected by the Dieselgate emissions scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that is helping to oversee the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen in California.
For more information about the allegations of emissions cheating against Audi and to find out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuits, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located at the top of this page.