New emissions scandals are eroding trust of Volkswagen just as the German automaker thought it was back in the driver’s seat, after admitting in September that it cheated on emissions tests of 11 million cars worldwide with diesel engines.
The cars, marketed as “clean diesels,” actually emitted 40 times more than the amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere that is permitted by the U.S. government. Nitrogen oxide plays a major role in the atmospheric reactions that produce smog, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
VW’s blockbuster admission in September stunned the automotive industry and VW car buyers around the world. Then, more VW cheating was discovered in early November, almost two months after VW admitted that its diesel engine cars had been rigged to fool U.S. emissions tests for seven years.
In early November, VW admitted that 800,000 of its gasoline-powered cars were also programmed to cheat on emissions tests. Their exhaust contained more carbon dioxide (CO2) then the automaker originally claimed to U.S. officials. Two weeks after that, VW admitted that another 430,000 of its gasoline-powered cars were emitting too much CO2 and added them to the list.
In 2013, carbon dioxide accounted for about 82% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, according to the EPA. CO2 is a major component of smog. Smog is full of ozone, a chemical that irritates the lungs and can permanently damage their lining.
What can VW car owners expect from the automaker now?
According to Reuters, VW is scheduled to meet with U.S. officials to discuss detailed plans to recall and fix cars that emit “more smog-producing pollutants” than American law allows. It is also facing increasing pressure in the United States to buy back older VW cars.
Some American car buyers, stuck with its pollution emitting cars, are eligible for a $500 pre-paid credit card good anywhere, a $500 credit at VW dealerships and three years of roadside assistance. The offer is good for 482,000 buyers of 2.0-litre diesel engines that were rigged to cheat on emissions tests.
Meanwhile in Europe, the German auto maker is already preparing to buy back some of its cars with gasoline-powered engines, according to London’s Financial Times.
Some buyers are filing law suits against VW
The Wayne Wright law firm represents VW car buyers in individual law suits against the German auto maker across the United States. The buyers are not only entitled to the full value of their cars, they are entitled to funds for being cheated in the most massive auto maker fraud in history. Wayne Wright has been voted one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the U. S. In the last seven years alone, his legal expertise has earned more than $237 million for clients across the United States. Consultations at the Wayne Wright law firm are free and clients pay nothing if the firm doesn’t win their case.