Audi plans to recall 850K diesel vehicles over emissions cheating allegations

by Charles Miller

Audi has announced that it will recall as many as 850,000 diesel vehicles in relation to emissions cheating allegations involving these models. The company stated that it was issuing the recall in order to avoid possible bans on these vehicles over excess emissions caused by a “defeat device” that was installed on these vehicles.

The 850,000 Audi diesel models that are being recalled involved 6- and 8-cylinder vehicles sold outside the U.S. and Canada. Audi says that it will update the vehicles’ software in order to resolve the excess emissions issue at no cost to drivers. Porsche and Volkswagen models with identical turbocharged direct injection motors are also eligible for repair under the recall.

Audi is currently facing a class action lawsuit filed in the U.K. on behalf of more than 40,000 diesel vehicle owners. The lawsuit alleges that emissions cheating on Audi’s diesel models has resulted in decreased power and acceleration and fuel efficiency problems on vehicle’s that were equipped with a defeat device by the automaker.

In addition to the emissions cheating class action filed against Audi, diesel owners in the U.K. have also filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen and Bosch in conjunction with vehicle owners in the Netherlands. Lawyers representing the Dutch Volkswagen owners say that they are also exploring the possibility of emissions cheating lawsuits against VW in conjunction with car owners in the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, and other countries in Europe.

Lawsuits Over Audi Gasoline Emissions Cheating

Concerns about emissions cheating on Audi vehicles first arose in the U.S. in 2015 after the EPA discovered that Volkswagen had installed a software defeat device on millions of VW and Audi diesel vehicles. In 2016, Volkswagen agreed to pay $14.7 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits filed in the U.S. over allegations of emissions cheating in connection with the Dieselgate scandal.

A subsequent investigation by the California Air Resources Board in 2016 revealed that Audi had installed a similar device on thousands of gasoline-powered vehicles in order to hide the excess emissions of these vehicles from drivers and regulators. The investigations reveal that the defeat device had been equipped on 2012-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, and Q7 models and 2012-2017 Q5 models.

Audi is currently facing lawsuits over the defeat devices that were installed on its gasoline-powered models in the U.S. Drivers who own or lease one of the diesel models affected by Audi’s gasoline emissions cheating face significant loss of value to their vehicles, as well as costly repairs in order to bring their vehicles into compliance with federal emissions standards.

Audi Owners May Qualify to File a Lawsuit

Drivers who own or lease one of the Audi gasoline models affected by recent emissions cheating allegations against the company may qualify to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with an experienced law firm who can advise you of your legal rights and answer your questions about filing a claim.

For more information about the emissions cheating lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson against Audi and to find out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact our office by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions to get started.


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by Charles Miller

Charles Miller is a licensed attorney and a partner at Heygood, Orr & Pearson. Charles focuses his practice on areas of complex commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.