Audi is facing several class action lawsuits filed on behalf of drivers who purchased or leased one of the company’s gasoline-powered models with an automatic transmission. Consumers who owned or leased one of the affected vehicles may qualify to take legal action.
According to the lawsuits, Audi installed a software “defeat device” on the affected models. This defeat device was designed to limit the vehicles’ emissions output during inspection. During normal driving, the affected models emit significantly higher levels of CO2 emissions than advertised by Audi.
The vehicles affected by Audi’s alleged emissions cheating include cars equipped with a gasoline engine and an AL 551 or DL 501 automatic transmission. The affected models include the following Audi vehicles and model years:
Further testing on other Audi vehicles may reveal that additional models manufactured and sold by the company were also equipped with an emissions defeat device.
The class action lawsuits filed against Audi alleges that the automaker misled consumers about the performance, fuel efficiency, and environmental cleanliness of vehicles equipped with the emissions defeat device.
This defeat device is able to detect when these vehicles are in the emissions testing bay. When the car senses that it is undergoing emissions testing, the defeat device switches the vehicle into “low rev” mode, causing the vehicle to use less fuel and emit significantly lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) than it would under normal driving conditions. When the car is not undergoing emissions testing, the engine is allowed to operate at a higher revolutions per minute. This gives the vehicle more power and acceleration, but also causes the car to consume more fuel and emit higher levels of CO2.
Federal law requires all new cars sold in the U.S. to come equipped with a sticker that states the estimated fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions levels for the vehicle. The lawsuit against Audi alleges that the automaker violated federal law by misleading consumers about the fuel efficiency and emissions levels for the affected gasoline models through the use of the defeat device.
According to the allegations in the class action lawsuits, Audi continued to equip the affected gasoline models with the defeat device for up to eight months after news about emissions cheating with Volkswagen and Audi diesel models was made public in the Dieselgate scandal.
The lawsuits alleges that consumers who purchased or leased one of the affected Audi gasoline models were overcharged for these vehicles because of the discrepancy between their actual and advertised performance and fuel efficiency. Drivers may also suffer future losses in value to their car as a result of Audi’s alleged emissions cheating, and may face additional fuel costs for these vehicles resulting from the automaker’s false statements regarding the fuel efficiency of the affected models.
If you purchased or leased one of the Audi models affected by Audi’s emissions cheating, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. 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 have represented hundreds of vehicle owners who purchased or leased an Audi or VW diesel model affected by emissions cheating as part of the Dieselgate scandal. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that is helping to oversee the Multidistrict Litigation against Volkswagen in California in connection with the Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal.
For more information about the allegations of CO2 emissions cheating against Audi and to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a claim, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can contact 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.