Volkswagen facing second major UK lawsuit

Volkswagen faces second major UK lawsuit over claims it equipped hundreds of thousands of diesel cars sold in the UK with emissions-cheating devices


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Volkswagen is facing a second major UK lawsuit over claims it fitted hundreds of thousands of diesel cars sold in the UK with emissions-cheating devices.

The German auto giant is said to have sold more than 1 million of its cars, which used software designed to fool regulators during tests.

It is already being charged over the ‘dieselgate’ allegations of some 91,000 British motorists, in a class action lawsuit filed with the High Court, and the trial is set to begin in 2023. But now the company will be hit with a second class action lawsuit that lawyers say could reach a similar size.

Claim: Volkswagen is already being sued over 'dieselgate' allegations by some 91,000 British motorists

Claim: Volkswagen is already being sued over ‘dieselgate’ allegations by some 91,000 British motorists

The latest lawsuit is being filed by Keller Lenkner and Milberg London on behalf of 35,000 motorists – but the law firms say up to 85,000 drivers could be involved once they finish processing the paperwork.

They claim VW has “designed and installed defeat devices” in a range of diesel vehicles sold between 2008 and 2015, including popular models such as the Golf, Audi A3 and the Skoda Superb.

The devices — which were computer software — made sure VW’s cars knew when they were being tested and were able to artificially reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions during the tests.

This led to them being falsely certified to the pollution standards – even though they emit many times the legal limit of nitrogen dioxide.

A VW spokesperson said: “We do not believe that the claimants have suffered any damage, nor that they have a valid claim.

“Volkswagen will vigorously defend these claims.”

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