VW Diesel Settlement

German automaker Volkswagen is proving once again that cheating doesn’t pay.

Volkswagen captured a dominant share of the U.S. diesel car market from sales of its 2.0 TDI cars, touted as having an unbeatable package of performance, fuel economy, and low emissions. As it turned out, those VW diesels were too good to be true: the company announced in 2015 that it had used special software to cheat on emissions testing.

Instead of the clean emissions VW boasted, its TDIs in fact emit levels of nitrous oxide well above legal limits. VW’s shocking cheating admission spawned VW lawsuits and set the stage for costly dealings with regulators, dealers, and owners.

On October 25, 2016, a federal court approved the terms of a $15 billion settlement that VW hopes will make things right with U.S. TDI owners.

Settlement Terms

A funding pool worth a maximum of just over $10 billion will compensate approximately 475,000 eligible owners of 2.0L TDI cars. The pool will provide owners with:

  • A one-time payment worth $12,500-44,000 per vehicle
  • Vehicle buyback (or lease termination) OR free repairs to bring vehicle into emissions compliance

The settlement also includes $4.7 billion earmarked for an environmental remediation fund and initiatives to promote zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) in the U.S. An additional $603 million will settle consumer protection claims with state attorney generals.

Customers now have the choice to “opt out” of the settlement and pursue a private compensation claim against Volkswagen (or continue to drive their vehicle as it is and do nothing).

The following 2.0L TDI vehicles are affected by Dieselgate:

  • Jetta (2009-2015)
  • Jetta Sportwagen (2009-2014)
  • Beetle (2013-2015)
  • Beetle Convertible (2013-2015)
  • Audi A3 (2010-2015)
  • Golf (2010-2015)
  • Golf Sportwagen (2015)
  • Passat (2012-2015)

The 3.0L TDIs involved in Dieselgate are not part of the $15 billion settlement. These larger 6-cylinder diesel vehicles are will be addressed at a later date.

Questions About Dieselgate?

There are a lot of moving parts to the Dieselgate scandal and settlement. If you have questions about what to do next, or you’re interested in filing a lawsuit, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.