Tuesday 17 July 2018

Over 200 car owners here are now suing VW over emissions

Volkswagen. Photo: PA
Volkswagen. Photo: PA
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The number of Irish car owners suing Volkswagen for millions of euro over the emissions scandal has soared to 200 with one law firm here.

The owners want Volkswagen to take back the cars and reimburse them in full.

They are also looking for exemplary damages for being 'misled' on NOx emissions.

Dublin-based solicitors Peter McDonnell & Associates have confirmed to the Irish Independent that the number now suing is "more than 200" following publicity that 18 initially intended to do so.

The law firm is claiming that the affected cars did not do what the company claimed on emissions and that as a result Volkswagen had no contract with the customers.

Because of that, they want Volkswagen to take back the cars and give them a full refund of the purchase price.

It is understood that Peter McDonnell & Associates are also seeking "aggravated and exemplary" damages for the deceit to their clients.


The law firm has previously been involved in high-profile cases against tobacco companies and the Redress Board and is currently representing people affected by the DePuy Orthopaedics Hip recall.

The Volkswagen cases are being taken as the company here begins fitting software to around 115,000 affected vehicles (Volkswagens, Audis, Skodas and SEATs).

These are among 11 million worldwide with software that is capable of manipulating emissions when being officially tested in order to give a false reading. There are three diesel engines involved here: a 2-litre, 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre.

Some 2-litre TDi models have already had the necessary software fitted but the company has said it will "take time" to get to all because of model, engine and transmission variations.

Owners of 1.2 TDi models are expected to be notified shortly. Like the 2-litre models, they only require software, with the work taking 30 minutes.

Vehicles with 1.6-litre TDI engines are pencilled in for a 'third quarter' recall. They need both software and hardware upgrades, with the work taking around an hour.

The hardware involves fitting a new 'flow transformer' to regulate how fuel and air are burned in the engine.

Irish Independent

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