If You Own A Volkswagen 3.0 Liter Diesel Engine You Can Claim $1,500 From The Company

Volkswagen have been embroiled in a legal battle in the United States with civil claims from the owners of around 78,000 of their 3.0-liter diesel engines vehicles that had been fitted with the “defeat device” software that caused the huge diesel scandal.

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On Wednesday the company announced that they had reached proposed agreements. These will need to be approved by a court and it is anticipated this will happen in May. Vehicles that were involved in the scandal were the Volkswagen Touareg, the Porsche Cayenne Diesel and a number of Audis, all ranging from 2013 to 2016.

VW will undertake to repair the affected vehicles to ensure they comply with the emissions standards for which they were originally certified. This too will need to be approved by regulators. Older models from 2009 to 2012 which account for about 20,000 vehicles, VW will give the customers the option of a trade in credit, buy back offer or lease termination.

If VW can get approval from the regulators, they will just modify these vehicles to significantly reduce emissions and then the customer will keep the vehicles. The have also undertaken to pay a cash settlement to all eligible members at a total cost to VW of approximately $1.2 billion.

The scandal has already cost them over $4.3 billion in penalties that were imposed after VW pleaded guilty to three counts of felony. They also came to a $1 billion settlement with regulators in order to settle claims for the 3.0-liter engines as well as another 18 billion to resolve claims for the 2.0-liter engine vehicles. Quite a costly lesson that indeed.

Hinrich J. Woebcken, Volkswagen Group of America CEO gave a statement saying, “With the court-approved 2.0-liter TDI program well under way and now this proposed 3.0-liter TDI program, all of our customers with affected vehicles in the United States will have a resolution available to them,” adding. “We will continue to work to earn back the trust of all our stakeholders and thank our customers and dealers for their continued patience as this process moves forward.”