The automotive industry has been under fire due to the appropriately named “Dieselgate” scandal, and its controversy has seen it hit news headlines worldwide. Sure, it may have started with Volkswagen in 2015 (which has paid over £193 million in class action lawsuits to consumers in the UK), but the scandal has since snowballed further. Many more of the world’s biggest motoring companies have either been caught or are suspected of duping the public with their fraudulent emissions test-cheating technology.
Which vehicle manufacturers are guilty or under suspicion of cheating emissions tests? Find out here – and discover if your vehicle could be affected.
Rewind To 2014: The First Emissions Test Discrepancies Discovered
Although it became public only in 2015, the diesel emissions scandal actually came to light in 2014 – a time when the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) first discovered discrepancies between American and European vehicle models.
2015: Volkswagen Is the First to Be Investigated
A little under a year later after the initial discovery of test disparities, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States discovered that Volkswagen had intentionally programmed turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines to modify their emissions during testing. The investigation led to Volkswagen paying $4.3 billion in fines.
Furthermore, a German car club launched an investigation, revealing that many of the affected diesel vehicles surpassed more than ten times the legal nitrogen oxide limits permitted under European regulations.
Beyond the US: UK Diesel Emissions Claims Against Volkswagen
It soon became apparent that dieselgate wasn’t solely limited to the United States; over 90,000 UK motorists filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen under the proviso that the manufacturer had unlawfully deceived consumers. In May 2022, Volswagden paid £193 million; claimants received an average of £2,100 in compensation.
Other Car Manufacturers Involved in the Diesel Emissions Scandal
Indeed, dieselgate isn’t all about Volkswagen; further investigations unveiled other companies that had potentially cheated emissions tests. Now, several law firms are undertaking joint legal claims against a number of big-name car brands for UK consumers whose diesel vehicles may be affected by the emissions testing scandal.
In addition to Volkswagen, vehicle manufacturers that have been accused in the dieselgate scandal include:
- Land Rover
If the ongoing lawsuits against the above-named manufacturers are successful, claimants involved in the joint case (which was granted by the High Court) could receive several thousand pounds in remuneration. While the case against VW was a success, there’s no guarantee that the court will favour claimants this time around. Still, as claims are on a no-win no-fee agreement, there’s no risk to consumers.
How to Know If You Have a Diesel Claim
Customers who bought or financed a diesel car or van (either brand-new or used) in the UK under any of the named brands between the critical period of 2007 to 2020 may be eligible to join the class action lawsuit. It doesn’t matter where or from whom you purchased the vehicle, so long as it was bought in the UK and in your name. You can also claim if you no longer own the vehicle.
It only takes a few minutes to check your diesel claim eligibility; simply input your vehicle’s details and discover if it could be affected by dieselgate.