Volkswagen has issued major recalls in its history. In fact, in 2015, 2014 and 2013, they’ve issued recalls affecting millions of consumers worldwide. Consumers affected by a defective vehicle may explore opportunities to join class action lawsuits against the liable automaker.
Recent Volkswagen Recalls
Volkswagen recently issued the following recalls:
- September 2015 – Volkswagen has admitted to circumventing the emissions control system in over 11 million cars worldwide. The EPA noted Volkswagen’s Jetta, Beetle, Golf, Passat and the Audi A3 have been included in the scandal. The EPA also noted that the engines had special computer software that was able to sense test scenarios by monitoring the speed, engine operation, air pressure and the position of the steering wheel. When the cars were not being tested, the engines emitted nitrogen oxide pollutants up to 40 times the legal limit in the US.
- April 2014 – the company issued a voluntary recall on 26,452 model year 2014 Volkswagen Jettas, Passats, Beetles and Beetle convertibles because of a safety issue with the automatic transmission oil cooler.
- March 2014 – they recalled 150,201 Volkswagen Passat 2012 to 2013 vehicles because they noticed that if the hood was slammed, the resulting vibrations could loosen the electrical contact of the low beam headlights.
- November 2013 – they recalled 2.6 million vehicles because of numerous lighting and transmission problems. This includes approximately 62,000 Tiguan sport utility vehicles from model years 2009 to 2011 because they can lose their exterior lighting, as well as 3,900 2013 to 2014 Jetta hybrids because the synthetic fluid used in the gearbox could cause electrical problems and, in turn, cause a loss of power to the front wheels.
What to Do If You Have a Volkswagen
If you own a Volkswagen – actually if you own any vehicle – regularly check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website for the latest vehicle and equipment recalls.
Volkswagen is supposed to contact each vehicle owner whose car is subject to a recall to notify them and offer/explain the remedy. Generally, the company will schedule you a time to bring your car into an authorized dealer, at which time they will fix the defect at no charge.
If you’re unsure if your Volkswagen has been recalled, you can go to the company website and use their recall search function. On the site, you can enter your VIN to see any recalls for your car.
If your car has been recalled, contact Volkswagen for more information. Also, you might be entitled to compensation, so speak to an attorney to determine whether or not you have any viable legal remedies.
Compensation for a Recalled Volkswagen
There are several remedies that might be available, depending upon the details surrounding your vehicle:
- Monetary compensation – you may be able file a claim to recover the lost value of your car’s resale value, as well as the loss of use of your car.
- Personal injury damages – if you or your loved one suffered injury as the result of your car’s defect, you might be able to file a claim to recover your damages.
- Reimbursement from manufacturer – in some instances, you might be entitled to a reimbursement from Volkswagen for any repairs for defects in your vehicle.
- Class action – a class action lawsuit could be a viable option, as well, if the recall is large enough and has affected enough consumers.
Speaking to an Attorney
To determine what your legal options are and to see if a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen might be feasible, contact the class action lawyers at Hiden Rott & Oertle, LLP. Call us today at 619-296-5884 for a no-cost case evaluation.