Audi is accused of emissions cheating on gasoline vehicles equipped with an AL 551 automatic transmission, including 2012-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, and Q5 models and 2012-2017 Q7 models. Several class action lawsuits against Audi alleges that the automaker installed an emissions defeat device on thousands of gasoline-powered models in order to hide the high CO2 emissions levels of these vehicles from regulators and consumers.
The Audi AL 551 transmission is part of the ZF 8HP family of eight-speed transmissions manufactured for Audi by the supplier ZF Friedrichshafen. The AL 551 transmission is installed on both gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles. Audi equipped the AL 551 transmission on new vehicles manufactured by the company as late as May 2016.
In 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) uncovered evidence that Audi had installed an emissions cheating device on vehicles equipped with a 3.0-liter gasoline-powered AL 551 automatic transmission. This “defeat device” was a software program designed to adjust the emissions levels of the affected models during emissions testing in order to make the vehicles appear to emit lower levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). The defeat device was designed to switch the vehicles to “low rev” mode during emissions testing to lower their CO2 output; under normal driving conditions, the engines switched back to normal operation, significantly increasing the vehicles’ CO2 emissions.
In addition to allegations of emissions cheating involving vehicles with the AL 551 transmission, Audi is also accused of installing a defeat device on vehicles with 3.0-liter gas-powered DL 501 transmissions. Vehicles that were equipped with the DL 501 transmission include the Audi S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models made between 2012 and 2016. Additional vehicles may also be included in the litigation against Audi as additional testing on the company’s vehicles is performed by investigators.
Several class action lawsuits have been filed against Audi on behalf of drivers who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by the company’s CO2 emissions cheating. The lawsuits allege that Audi continued to install emissions cheating software on its gasoline-powered models for months after Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal became public. Consumers who drove one of the affected Audi models may experience increased fuel costs, lost value of their vehicles, or other expenses as a result of Audi’s emissions cheating. In addition to the class action lawsuits against Audi that have already been filed, the automaker may still be facing individual lawsuits filed by drivers, as well as environmental or regulatory lawsuits filed by government authorities.
If you purchased or leased an Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, or S8 gasoline model, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit over Audi’s alleged emissions cheating. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an experienced attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps of filing a case.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented many Audi and Volkswagen diesel owners whose cars were involved in the VW Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal. Our partner, Michael Heygood, was one of a handful of attorneys chosen by a federal judge to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against Volkswagen.
For more information about the emissions cheating allegations against Audi and to find out whether you may qualify to file a claim, 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.