The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits against Audi over allegations of emissions cheating on the automaker’s gasoline-powered vehicles. The lawsuits allege that Audi installed cheat devices on thousands of gasoline models sold in the U.S. that hid the high emissions levels of these vehicles from regulators and consumers.
The lawsuits filed against Audi involved the company’s 2012-2016 A6, A7, A8, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models, as well as the 2012-2017 Audi Q5 models. These vehicles were allegedly equipped with computer software that was designed to hide the high CO2 emissions levels of these cars. When emissions tests were performed on the vehicles, the software was designed to shift the cars into “warm up” mode. During “warm up” mode, the performance – and, thus, the emissions – of these vehicles was lowered, allowing them to pass emissions tests. Under normal driving conditions, the cars returned to normal operation, causing their emissions levels to rise far higher than they were during testing.
Audi’s alleged emissions cheating came to light following news about the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal in 2015. That year, regulators uncovered emissions cheating devices on VW’s “TDI Clean Diesel” models that were also designed to hide these cars’ CO2 emissions during tests.
After news about the Dieselgate scandal was made public, regulators began looking at other vehicles to determine whether their manufacturers were also engaged in emissions cheating. An investigation of Audi’s gasoline models found that the automaker had installed cheat devices on select A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models. According to documents uncovered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), Audi continued to equip its gas-powered vehicles with the emissions cheating software for eight months after news of the Dieselgate scandal was made public.
Consumers who purchased or leased one of the models affected by Audi’s emissions cheating paid more for these vehicles than they should have while failing to receive the performance and environmental benefits promised by Audi. Vehicles owners may now be facing expensive repairs in order to being their vehicles into compliance with federal emissions laws, as well as a drop in the value of their vehicles as a result of Audi’s emissions cheating.
If you own or lease an Audi gas-powered vehicle, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit over the automaker’s alleged emissions cheating. The first step in taking action is to talk with an attorney about your legal rights.
In addition to filing lawsuits against Audi over the company’s emissions cheating, Heygood, Orr & Pearson has also filed emissions cheating lawsuits against Volkswagen, Chrysler, General Motors, and Porsche. One of our partners, Michael Heygood, was named to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee that helped to negotiate the $14.7 billing settlement with VW in the Dieselgate litigation in California.
For more information about the emissions cheating lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson, contact our law office 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.