One of VW’s top executives resigned last week. So far, the company is mum about the reason. Ulrich Hackenberg was among eight top managers at VW. He is the only one of the eight to resign. Hackenberg was suspended in September when the VW diesel cheating scandal was discovered.
He and the others were in charge of the technological development of all VW cars between 2007 and 2013. VW admitted that’s when it installed cheating devices in 11 million cars and marketed them worldwide. The cars can emit from 10 to 40 times the amount of nitrous oxides( NOx) allowed in the U.S. NOx is a major cause of smog.
In November, the German auto maker confessed that its gasoline powered cars were emitting much more carbon dioxide (CO2) than the company advertised and weren’t getting as many miles per gallon as it claimed. CO2 is another major component of smog. The November admission involved 800,000 cars.
Bad news for VW’s 2016 buyers
More than half of the 800,000 cars with “…false mpg and CO2 figures, have been identified as 2016 models by VW’s own internal investigation.” VW is also facing pressure to “…recall 85,000 vehicles in the U.S. with “…3 0-litre TDI V6 engines…” in VW cars that were made between 2009 and 2016.
Three months into the scandal, owners of the defective VW cars are still wondering what VW is going to do to fix them. Until now, there’s been scant advice from the German auto maker except to offer American buyers a $500 credit card that is good anywhere and another $500 credit at a VW dealership. The German auto maker is still trying to find out who was responsible for the scandal. But it is making some headway in determining how to fix the cars.
Lawsuits are targeting the VW fraud
Meanwhile owners of the cheater cars are facing a big loss in resale value and dealerships that won’t take the cars back since VW buyers are in short supply these days. Other owners fear it will take months if not years to fix the cars. Some are searching for lawyers to file individual law suits on their behalf. These suits have distinct advantages.
Wayne Wright represents VW victims nationwide
Wayne Wright has been voted one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the U. S. When Wayne Wright LLP wins a case, the award is not split with other VW owners as it is with mass tort lawsuits. Consultations are free. The firm does not bill by the hour. It takes a percentage of the award agreed upon before the case is filed. Representation is free if the firm does not prevail. However, in the last seven years alone, Wayne Wright’s legal expertise has earned more than $237 million for clients across the United States.