Car makers Audi and Volkswagen were hit with a new class action suit in late May. The suit alleges that the companies fraudulently sold certain models that contained a hidden engine defect. The complaint also alleges that VW and Audi knew of the dangerous defect but did not issue a recall or compensate owners for any repairs occuring outside of the warranty period. The engine defect springs from defective timing chain tensioners that fail prematurely. This is the second class action for VW and Audi—the first claimed that the timing chain tension system was defective and caused the chain to loosen, leading to serious engine damage.
Plaintiffs point to the fact that VW and Audi have designed four different tensioners and that “the existence of four production changes to the timing chain tensioners exhibts flaws in the design and/or manufacture of the timing chain tensioners…that Defendans acknowledged and remedied without informing owners and lesees” of the vehicles. The complaint also states that the companies violated consumer protections, federal warranty, and anti-fraud laws.
The VW, Audi timing chain defect lawsuit seeks to represent a nationwide Class of all purchasers of the following vehicles: “2006-2009 Volkswagen Golf MK5 GTI, MY 2010-2014 Volkswagen Golf MK6 GTI, MY 2005-2010 Volkswagen Jetta MK5, MY 2011-2016 Volkswagen Jetta MK6, 2006-2010 Volkswagen Passat B6, 2009-2016 Volkswagen CC, 2008-2014 Volkswagen EOS, 2009-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2012-2016 Volkswagen Beetle, 2009-2014 Volkswagen Sportswagen, 2006-2013 Audi A3 8P, 2009-2012 Audi A4 B8, 2008-2012 Audi A5 B8, 2008-2014 Audi MK2 TT .” The class action seeks restitution for all damages to class members, including punitive damages under state consumer protection laws.
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