Many people will have seen the countless headlines surrounding the car emissions scandal, but it can be difficult to understand exactly what methods car manufacturers might have used to cheat emissions tests. It has been suggested that some carmakers have allegedly exploited so-called ‘thermal windows’ which could allow vehicles to still produce what could be deemed as excessive nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
If such accusations are proven to be true, it may be that many diesel vehicles have been producing significant volumes of harmful emissions. Regardless of the exact method used, any suspicions of emissions cheating should be addressed.
Following the High Court ruling that Volkswagen has been using defeat devices in certain diesel vehicles, we have started group actions against other suspected car manufacturers over similar allegations. Those who own or have previously owned affected vehicles may be entitled to recover thousands of pounds in compensation.
Missing group action deadlines can mean that you are unable to complete a compensation claim as part of an established action.
This can mean that you are then unable to recover any compensation at all, so it is incredibly important to make sure you start a legal case as soon as you can. You do not want to miss out on thousands of pounds by leaving it too late.
We wanted to raise more awareness about this as we have recently received new enquiries from a number of people affected by the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal. The court deadline for this action has passed and we are unable to take new cases forward. Here is some additional advice about the deadlines and the consequences of missing them.
As expected, the Volkswagen claim deadline has triggered a huge wave of new enquires trying to start their case before the cut-off point.
We always have made a real point of the fact that Claimants MUST start their case as soon as they can. There’s no point in waiting until the last minute, and those who do risk missing out entirely.
Our office phone lines have been ringing off the hook over the last few weeks. Enquiry numbers have skyrocketed. The reason is the looming deadline; a deadline that expires today.
Volkswagen has issued warnings not to use rear seats over a seatbelt buckle design flaw that can lead to seatbelt buckles coming open when vehicles change lanes at high-speeds.
Independent testing of three models – the Volkswagen Polo, SEAT Arona and SEAT Ibiza – identified the problem that has led to the German automotive giant finding themselves in yet another costly crisis as they continue to pay billions of pounds over their 2015 “dieselgate” scandal that our Group Acton Lawyers are fighting for justice for.
This latest problem is one in a long line of scandals and crises VW has been facing in recent years.
Will the Volkswagen class action change the way the UK handles Group Litigation Order cases? We have never had a class action of this kind of scale and nature in the UK before, and whilst our American cousins are used to dealing with class actions involving millions of people, the UK, typically, is not.
The UK Volkswagen compensation case could include more than 2 million potential claimants. That is monumental in any scope of class actions here in the UK, and this action may set some important precedents for the future.
In some ways, we hope this may be a catalyst for change.