Egerton Law Investigates Potential "Defeat Device" In Audi Gasoline Vehicles

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In November 2016 international media began reporting that Audi gasoline engines were rigged with defeat devices to cheat emissions tests while the vehicles spewed carbon dioxide at levels in violation of United States standards.

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag is cited as the first outlet to expose that several of Audi’s gasoline-powered vehicles are equipped with software designed to alter emissions levels when the cars are running under test conditions.

Similar to the widely known Volkswagen (VW) diesel scandal, the software is reported to control emissions levels to comply with regulations while the steering wheel remains within a certain turning radius. Under normal driving conditions, when the steering wheel is being turned, those controls relax and higher levels of pollutants are emitted.

Sources cite another German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, which published a statement from VW confirming that “[a]daptive shift programs can lead to incorrect and non-reproducible results.” Public statements from Audi, VW, and US regulators have not been issued.

Affected vehicles reportedly affected by the gasoline “defeat device” include the A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, S4, S5, S6, S7 and S8,  models from 2012 to 2016; this list may be expanded as the investigation continues. Also under investigation are the representations made by Audi that these vehicles emitted less CO2 than their counterparts from other brands.

At this time several lawsuits across the country have been filed to bring a class action on behalf of affected Audi gasoline vehicle owners. However, Egerton Law believes that by pursuing individual cases, the owners will receive more adequate compensation by seeking resolution in state court.

Egerton Law already represents individuals who opted out of the VW Class Action and chose instead to pursue their claims in state court. Read more about the VW diesel cases here.

If you own a gasoline-powered Audi, call an attorney at Egerton Law to talk about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.  You can reach our attorneys by phone at 1-800-800-4LAW, by filling out our web contact form or by emailing us at [email protected].  

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