Volkswagen has declared that they will ask customers in the next few days to bring their diesel vehicles in for refitting of illegal software that helped the automaker cheat on emission tests. It’s expected the refitting will cost the company at least $6.5 billion.
But a Windsor law firm that has launched a $1.1-billion class action lawsuit against VW isn’t impressed.
Harvey Strosberg of Sutts, Strosberg LLP said “There’s no software refit that will cure the problem. The problem is if you refit the instructions in the software, you can’t magically get emissions to disappear. Each vehicle will still be a brown car, not a green car. The software refit will not do it. It’s another scam, in my judgment. And it will not satisfy my class members, not by a long shot.”
The Windsor star spoke to resident Amy Fitzgerald, who bought a new 2013 Beetle TDI. She is part of the class action suit. She bought it because of her concerns regarding fuel efficiency.
“That’s the reason I bought the car and spent between $3,000 and $4,000 more to get the diesel engine.”
She said she will not accept VW’s offer of a $2,000 payout to customers… on their purchase of a new VW gas-powered vehicle. Does that seem like a fair offer? They’ll give you a slight discount if you give them more money?
“It was the fuel efficiency of the diesel engine that really sold me on it. It bothers me that I’ve been polluting the environment for the last two years. I don’t know how they plan to compensate for that,” continued Fitzgerald.
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