Heygood, Orr & Pearson files lawsuits against Audi over gasoline emissions cheating

by Charles Miller

The law firm of Heygood, Orr & Pearson has filed lawsuits against Audi over allegations of CO2 emissions cheating on its gasoline-powered models. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of more than 400 drivers in 43 states who purchased or leased one of the vehicles affected by Audi’s emissions cheating.

According to the lawsuits, Audi installed a computerized emissions “defeat device” on thousands of Audi vehicles. The device was designed to conceal the high CO2 emissions levels of the affected vehicles from regulators and consumers. During emissions testing, the defeat device was programmed to switch the affected vehicles into “warm up” mode, lowering the performance and, thus, the CO2 emissions of these vehicles. During normal driving condition, the vehicles reverted to regular operation, increasing the performance as well as the vehicles’ CO2 emissions.

The vehicles affected by Audi’s emissions cheating include the 2012-2016 Audi 2012-2016 Audi A6, A7, A8, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, and S8 models and the 2012-2017 Audi Q5 models. Lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson against Audi allege that the company installed the defeat devices on the affected vehicles in a deliberate attempt to hide the high emissions levels of its gasoline-powered models from consumers and government regulators. Despite the existence of the defeat devices on the affected models, Audi continued to falsely maintain to regulators and consumers that the vehicles were in compliance with federal emissions laws by misrepresenting their fuel efficiency under normal driving conditions.

The lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson against Audi allege that the company’s emissions cheating was part of a deliberate and illegal pattern of conduct designed to fool drivers and regulators about the fuel efficiency of its gasoline models. Audi executives knew about the existence of the defeat device. Audi and commissioned a study that showed the effectiveness of the defeat device and instructed its employees on how to use the device in order to deceive consumers and regulators.

Emissions Cheating on Audi Gasoline Models

In September 2015, Volkswagen – the parent company of Audi – admitted that it had installed defeat devices on about 11 million VW and Audi “TDI Clean Diesel” models. Volkswagen later agreed to pay about $14.7 billion to settle allegations of emissions cheating on its diesel vehicles. In July 2016, investigators with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) revealed that similar devices had been installed on Audi gasoline models as well.

Audi allegedly continued to equip the affected vehicles with the defeat device for eight months after the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal was made public. Press reports that were issued after news of the Dieselgate scandal was made public have alleged that Audi was heavily involved in the emissions cheating on Volkswagen’s VW and Audi diesel models.

The lawsuits filed against Audi by Heygood, Orr & Pearson also allege that drivers of the affected Audi gasoline models would not have purchased or leased these vehicles had they known about the existence of the emissions defeat device. As a result of Audi’s fraudulent conduct, consumers paid significantly more for their vehicles than they should have, and received vehicles that delivered performance and fuel efficiency that were significantly less than what was advertised by Audi.

Drivers who purchased or leased one of the affected vehicles now face the loss of value in their cars now that Audi’s emissions cheating has been made public. Drivers may face expensive repairs in order to bring their vehicles into compliance with federal emissions standards, which may significantly lower the performance, fuel efficiency, and longevity of their vehicles.

Audi Owners May Qualify to File a Lawsuit

Drivers who purchased or leased one of the Audi A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7, or S8 gasoline models affected by the company’s CO2 emissions cheating may be eligible to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to consult with law firm that has the knowledge and experience to advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps of filing a case.

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.