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Attention Volkswagen Owners: Consumer Alert from the Noffsinger Law Firm

Daniel Noffsinger - Sunday, May 01, 2016

In 1908 the most common modes of transportation were trains and ships. Many public spaces were built to accommodate the passage of people – like the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Depot in Colorado Springs. Many of these train stations closed and were demolished. The remaining train stations and depots were preserved as museums and designated as landmarks or historical places.

1908 was also the year Henry Ford introduced the Model-T to the masses. Since then, the automobile has been the primary mode of transportation for many people. Similar to people in 1908, we are in the midst of a radical transformation in how we transport ourselves. Automobiles are no longer mechanical objects made with interchangeable parts on assembly lines. Now automobiles are intelligent with computer software that control systems and functions, similar to our smart phones. Instead of scheduling your car to be serviced, you are actually scheduling a software update when you take your car in for service.

Volkswagen has been in the news since late September because of a software program in its diesel engine models. Specifically, Volkswagen is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) following allegations that it allegedly intentionally tampered with the emission controls on various diesel models. To read the full Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. on September 18, 2015, click here. The EPA claims some cars sold in the United States have computer software in their diesel engines that detects when they are being tested, changing the automobiles’ actual performance to improve its emissions control results. When the automobiles are driven in real world scenarios, the EPA claims, the emission controls are much higher than what is legally permissible in the United States and fail to follow federal and state emissions standards.

The immediate effect of this investigation is that Volkswagen has recalled 500,000 automobiles. The more lingering effect of this investigation grows as the investigation continues. The unanswered questions are:

  • What does this recall do to the value of your car?
  • Because your car now fails the emission control test, will DMV cancel your registration?
  • Your car is scheduled for inspection; will it pass inspection with this problem?
  • You purchased a green car and your car pollutes more than the worst offender, were you sold phony baloney?

The affected Volkswagen makes, models, and years are:

  • VW Jetta (MY 2009-2015)
  • VW Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
  • VW Golf (MY 2010-2015)
  • VW Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
  • VW Beetle (MY 2012-2015)
  • VW Passat (MY 2012-2015)
  • Audi A3 (MY 2010-2015)
Contact a Colorado Springs Products Liability Attorney

If you, a family member, or friend owns one of the vehicles listed above, please contact the Noffsinger Law Firm at (719) 368-3688 for additional information and resources. Consultations are free. Our office is located at 545 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 205, Colorado Springs, Colorado. We are open weekdays Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.