Brand-new vehicles undertake pollution tests before they can be sold. However, in 2014 the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) revealed that a number of big-name vehicle brands had unlawfully installed manipulative software in various car models to “cheat” these pollution tests.
Many well-known car makers have since been roped into the scandal after evidence showed that many of them may have also used the test-cheating software in their vehicles. Now, registered owners of diesel cars and vans that were produced between 2007 and 2018 could be affected and thus may be eligible to take legal action against the maker of their car – if theirs was indeed fitted with the prohibited software in question.
Several law firms in the UK are conducting joint diesel emission claims for those whose diesel vehicles may be implicated in the scandal; if successful, people affected may be entitled to significant sums of compensation.
Which Vehicles Are Affected By Dieselgate?
Volkswagen was the first to be found intentionally programming their vehicles with cheating devices to pass emissions tests. Back in 2015, the scandal was therefore initially named the “Volkswagen Emissions Scandal”. The company pleaded guilty in January 2017 to the emissions testing manipulations and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in fines. Renault was also implicated; French authorities investigated the company in 2015, announcing it had used a “fraudulent device” in some models that could alter engine functions to lower emissions during tests.
Later in 2017, an investigation into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles led to the discovery that 100,000 diesel SUVs and trucks contained the cheating software. The company had to pay a £5 billion class-action lawsuit in the UK the following year when more than half a million Fiat, Jeep, Iveco, Alfa Romeo, and Suzuki vehicles were found to have cheating devices installed.
In 2018, BMW recalled 11,700 diesel cars that were installed with unspecified “incorrect” emissions software; the company denied these were cheat devices. Then, in 2019, Daimler had its turn; it had to recall 60,000 Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 SUV vehicles in Germany. These models, which were made between 2012 and 2015, also had emissions test distortion software. Yet again, in 2019, another big name raised eyebrows; some Porsche vehicles with Euro 5 and Euro 6 Audi diesel engines vastly over-exceeded the emissions limits for nitrogen oxides
How Do You Know If Your Car or Van Is Affected By Dieselgate?
These vehicle brands were among the first to be discovered over the years since the scandal’s original discovery. Several more are also named, with law firms launching joint diesel emission claims for anyone who owned or still does own a vehicle that might be affected. If it’s a success, claimants may be awarded compensation.
So, how do you know if your vehicle has the defeat devices for cheating emissions tests? If you live in the UK, and you bought or financed a new or secondhand diesel vehicle made between 2007 and 2018 from any of the car manufacturers named below, yours could be one of them:
- Land Rover
If any of this applies to you, it’s recommended that you join the joint diesel emission claims that are currently in progress. While you won’t know immediately if your vehicle is affected, you’ll find out in due course – and if it is, you might be entitled to thousands in compensation.