An investigation by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has uncovered evidence of emissions cheating on an unknown number of Audi models. Audi may face legal action from drivers who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by the alleged emissions cheating.
The vehicles affected by Audi’s emissions cheating include the 2012-2016 Audi A6, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, and S7 models. The affected vehicles were 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 CARB, the affected Audi models were installed with a software defeat device designed to make the vehicles appear to emit lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when they undergo inspection. The defeat device is camouflaged as a “warm up function” which keeps the vehicle in low-rev mode during emissions testing. This causes the vehicles to use less gas and hence to emit lower levels of CO2. During normal driving conditions, the warm up function is deactivated, causing the vehicles to emit much higher pollution levels.
The emissions defeat device installed on Audi’s gasoline models is similar to a device installed by Audi’s parent company, Volkswagen, on VW and Audi diesel models. Earlier this year, Volkswagen agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle allegations of emissions cheating involving its “TDI Clean Diesel” models.
Volkswagen attempted to place the blame for its diesel emissions cheating on a few rogue engineers within the company. However, evidence uncovered by the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag suggests that Audi executives were fully aware of the alleged emissions cheating with the company’s gasoline-powered models. According to documents published by the newspaper, Audi’s chief of powertrains, Axel Eiser, stated that the defeat device used in the Audi’s gasoline models needed to be ”designed to be 100% active [during emissions testing], but only 0.01% in the hands of the customer.”
If you purchased or leased a 2012-2016 Audi A6, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, or S7 with an automatic transmission, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit over the company’s alleged emissions cheating. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process of filing a claim.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson are representing hundreds of Audi and VW diesel owners who were affected by diesel emissions cheating by Volkswagen. Our partner, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee helping to oversee the nationwide Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen in California.
For more information about Audi’s emissions cheating and to find out whether you may qualify 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.