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Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Attorneys in Rockville

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Headlines around the country – and around the world – have captured the news that Volkswagen, the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world, was caught cheating on emissions tests by installing secret software in their diesel vehicles’ electronic control modules. This software was installed in vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2015.

If you own or owned a Volkswagen diesel vehicle, you may have been affected by this scandal and may be entitled to compensation. We encourage you to discuss your potential claim with our Volkswagen lawsuit attorneys in Rockville. For over 65 years, Ashcraft & Gerel has been serving Americans who have been injured and wronged by negligent auto manufacturers like Volkswagen. We have the experience needed to see your case through to a successful conclusion.

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How Volkswagen Cheated on Emissions Tests

In an effort to reduce and prevent air pollution, the U.S. enforces strict emissions testing to make sure that all vehicles on the road emit pollutants under the legal limit. Volkswagen was able to make it seem like its vehicles met emissions standards when, in actuality, the vehicles only performed at this standard during the official emissions test.

Volkswagen’s software – called “defeat devices” – allowed many of its diesel vehicles to reduce emissions when the software recognized that emissions testing was taking place. The vehicle’s computer could detect when a test was in session based on its steering wheel, its speed, the duration of the engine’s operation, and its barometric pressure. The vehicles could switch to a clean operating mode, temporarily reducing emissions and effectively passing the test. When the vehicles were not in clean operating mode, they would emit 10 to 40 times more than the legal limit of pollutants.

Allegations against Volkswagen

The EPA first raised allegations against Volkswagen in 2015 after independent researchers raised red flags. Volkswagen initially denied the allegations but did eventually admit to using the defeat devices. These devices were installed in roughly 500,000 Audi and Volkswagen vehicles in the U.S. between 2009 and 2015.

Affected models include:

  • VW Diesel Jetta (Model Years 2009-2015)
  • VW Diesel Beetle (Model Years 2009-2015)
  • VW Diesel Passat (Model Years 2009-2015)
  • VW Diesel Golf (Model Years 2009-2015)
  • Audi Diesel A3 (Model Years 2009-2015)

How Volkswagen Diesel Owners Can Take Action

If you own or deal any of the affected vehicles, we encourage you to take legal action by consulting with Ashcraft & Gerel. Our Volkswagen emissions scandal attorneys in Rockville can assess your claim and determine if you may be eligible for compensation.

Our firm is proud to be at the forefront of product liability litigation. We are deeply committed to public safety and have a track record to back that up. We demand accountability from carmakers whose negligence and fraud harm the general public.

To get started on your claim, call (301) 231-1937.

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