Volkswagen, the largest car company in the world, is in damage-control mode after admitting that many of their cars were rigged to pass emissions tests. These cars include the diesel versions of the following models:

  • Jetta
  • Passat
  • Golf
  • Jetta Sportwagen
  • Beetle

The diesel version of the Audi A3 is also involved in the scandal. If you bought any of these vehicles over the past seven years, your car likely contains emissions software which drove up its price but doesn’t actually do what it says it does.

Since this essentially amounts to widespread commercial fraud, over 40 class-action lawsuits have been filed to seek compensation and damages for consumers affected by the scandal, including one in Utah. Since the greatest potential impact that this scandal will have is a significant decrease in the value of your car, most of these lawsuits are seeking damages to make up for this loss. Here at Christensen and Hymas, we want to do all we can to help more Utahns avoid the potential consequences of Volkswagen’s deceitful practices.

I Own One of these Vehicles. How Do I Protect my Interests?

We have set up a page on our website to help get you started. At the end of that page is a form asking for information about you and your vehicle. If you fill it out, we will contact you as soon as we can about possible action.

What is Volkswagen Doing About It?

The company announced today that they will recall 8.5 million of the affected vehicles in Europe, though no recall in the USA has been announced. A recall is likely to happen here as well, though. Volkswagen has cooperated so far with international investigations, and has set aside over 7 billion dollars to cover the potential costs of recalls and lawsuits. Many people think this number will rise as more victims of the fraud become involved.

If you are interested in adding your name to the list of those seeking damages, please fill out this form. Right now, it is unclear what action can or should be taken, but we will be in contact with you regarding the best ways to move forward.

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