Regulators require car manufacturers to test the pollution emitted by every diesel vehicle straight off the production line. Independent testers discovered some car companies, including VW, were installing “defeat devices”. This sophisticated software cheated and manipulated the test results of the vehicle’s nox emissions. In 2014 U.S. authorities reported these crimes, creating diesel claims against the vehicle manufacturers and lead to a media scandal and was known as dieselgate.
These particular car firms installed software on vehicles that could detect emissions testing procedures. Programs then changed engine output and characteristics, causing them to emit fewer pollutants than they would in normal driving conditions.
When regulators independently tested vehicles on the road, they discovered the emissions discharged were dangerously higher than reported.
The scale of the emissions scandal was significant. German regulators found that some vehicles exceeded European standards for nitrogen oxide (nox) emissions, and could have been 40 times higher than the legal standards.
The media criticized car manufacturers and testers when the story came to light. Consumers were angry that brands misled and lied to them and that testers used methods that other companies could easily manipulate results in order to comply with regulations.
Since then, regulators have made significant changes to their testing, unfortunately, the damage had already been done. Car manufacturers had already mis-sold hundreds of thousands of vehicles to customers, claiming they had lower diesel emissions than they did.
Do you have a Diesel Claim?
If you purchased a diesel vehicle between 2009 and 2019, then your car could have been one of the affected ones, and you could be eligible to make a diesel emissions claim for up to £10,000 in compensation!