VW scandal could lead to UK's biggest ever class action lawsuit
The Volkswagen emissions scandal, which has been referred to as 'worse than the plague', is looking like it'll lead to the biggest ever class action lawsuit in British history. The makers of dodgy airbags are rejoicing the world over.
If you missed the story, basically, VW and related cars have been cheating when it comes to emissions, thanks to some ropey software in the engine. The cars say they meet environmental rules, when in fact, they don't.
VW have basically got software that switches engines to a cleaner mode during official testing, and it could be in advance of 11 million vehicles worldwide. In America alone, Volkswagen are looking at a fine as big as $18bn (£11bn in sterling).
An American law firm have stated this week, that will indeed, be suing the crap out of VW in a class action lawsuit. Tests are being undertaken in Britain to see if we'll be doing the same. Seeing as Volkswagen have just admitted to manipulating emissions tests in Europe, you can see where this is going can't you?
Bozena Michalowska-Howells of law firm Leigh Day said: "The key issue in this country is whether or not these devices were able to bypass the European emissions tests. If it is shown that this piece of software defeated the European testing then Volkswagen would be in a very similar position as it is in the US and may well then have to call in their cars with all the resulting costs involved."
"This could well lead to one of the largest group claims ever in this country against Volkswagen for the way in which consumers may have been misled in relation to their vehicle."
To cap off a troubling week for the car maker, VW's chief executive Martin Winterkorn quit his job yesterday, saying that he accepts responsibility for "irregularities found in diesel engines", even though he was quick to point out that he was not aware of any wrongdoing.
In his statement, he said: "I am shocked by the events of the past few days. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group."