On November 9, Volkswagen AG received final approval for an $80 million (around £67.6 million) settlement over a lawsuit brought out against Porsche AG. The legal action was for the carmaker’s alleged use of cheat devices to manipulate emissions. This fiasco has affected thousands of car owners.
Aside from the initial settlement amount, Porsche will also have to pay for the affected car owners’ legal expenses, including their lawyers’ fees and other relevant costs. This is expected to total around $24.5 million (approximately £20.7 million).
The settlement covers around half a million diesel-powered Porsche vehicles that were manufactured between the years 2005 and 2020. Owners of Porsches equipped with the Sport+ driving mode are expected to receive $250 (£211.2) after updates on emissions software are completed.
Earlier reports estimated that each driver will be paid compensation worth anywhere from $250 to $1,109 (£210.2 to £936.7).
A representative from Porsche assured consumers that they were already working on viable solutions and further stated that affected customers will be properly compensated. The carmaker also said that the settlement will allow them to pay off the drivers for changes in fuel economy.
According to legal representatives of affected drivers, close to 110,000 claims were submitted in early October. This covers around 100,000 Porsche diesel-powered vehicles. They also disclosed that at least 13,773 affected Sport+ customers have already sent their vehicles back to their dealers for the needed emissions updates.
The Porsche settlement is an offshoot of the 2015 Dieselgate scandal that involved the Volkswagen Group. US authorities accused VW of manipulating Audi and Volkswagen diesel emissions during testing using a defeat device. The cheat software alters emissions to make regulators believe that the vehicle is emissions-compliant.
When the vehicle is out on real roads and the defeat device turns itself off, the amounts of toxic gases emitted by the vehicle are exceedingly high – exceeding the EU and World Health Organization’s legal limits by a huge margin. As such, the vehicle is not emissions-compliant and is instead a heavy pollutant.
Volkswagen tricked their customers and led them to believe that they paid a premium price for an environmentally safe vehicle. In reality, they contributed to pollution and endangered themselves and the people around them every time they went out on the road.
VW and Porsche are not the only vehicles involved in the Dieselgate scandal. Mercedes-Benz, Vauxhall, and BMW have also had to pay fines and fees and recall affected vehicles.
BMW, along with VW and Mercedes, were also caught colluding in delaying clean emissions technology. Only BMW and VW were fined as Mercedes reported the cartel and wasn’t asked to pay a fine.
Why are diesel emissions illegal?
The gas that diesel vehicles emit is known as nitrogen oxide or NOx. This is what makes emissions dangerous. Its main components, nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide, are responsible for a gamut of environmental and health impacts.
NOx forms acid rain and smog. It also produces a pollutant called ground-level ozone, which significantly damages crops and other vegetation.
Nitrogen oxide also impacts a person’s mental health and cognitive abilities. If you’ve been exposed to NOx emissions, you can have increased episodes of depression and anxiety. Your cognitive health may also weaken, which means you become susceptible to dementia, specifically Alzheimer’s disease.
Once exposed to nitrogen oxide, you’ll be hounded by its health impacts. The minor ones include asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory issues, breathing difficulties, and fluid developing in your lungs.
Major health impacts can be serious, including chronic lung function reduction, asphyxiation, and vocal cords spasm. Your risk of certain cancers will also increase and you can develop cardiovascular diseases.
Over the years, reports have consistently shown a strong link between air pollution and premature death. There are hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world that were caused by toxic emissions such as nitrogen oxides.
The UK is no stranger to this as the first official case of early death due to air pollution involved a young girl named Ella Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, who resided near the South Circular Road in south London. The coroner officially ruled her death as caused by air pollution in December 2020 after an inquest was performed.
Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes, and all other carmakers involved in the diesel emissions scam should be held responsible for their actions. Their desire for easy profit exposed millions of people to nitrogen oxide and intensified the problem of air pollution. You should bring your carmaker to court through an emissions claim.
What is an emissions claim?
An emissions claim is legal action that car owners like you can make against your carmaker for lying to you and selling defeat device-equipped vehicles. If the claim is successful, you can receive compensation amounting to thousands. The specific amount will depend on the circumstances of your case.
However, before you can start your VW, Porsche, or BMW emissions claim, you will need to have your eligibility verified. Is your vehicle diesel-powered? When was it manufactured? Have you had problems with it? These are just some of the factors that you should consider in determining your eligibility.
You’ll need more information about making a diesel claim. For this, you should get in touch with the emissions experts at ClaimExperts.co.uk. They’ll provide you with all the details you need to ensure that you are qualified and can start the process right away.