On September 18, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued a notice of violation to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively "Volkswagen") for their use of a ‘defeat device’ to evade clean air standards in approximately 500,000 of their diesel vehicles in the United States (approximately 11 million worldwide).  According to reports, these defeat devices cause the vehicles to emit lower levels of harmful emissions in official tests than on the roads.  As a result, the EPA found that when the affected vehicles are operating in normal driving conditions they emit 10 to 40 times more than the allowable legal levels of certain pollutants.


Volkswagen has yet to publicly announce a proposed fix for the affected models. On November 2, 2015, the EPA broadened its list of affected vehicles to include certain SUVs and other vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche.  The current list of affected vehicles is provided below. 


Affected 2.0 liter diesel models include:

  • VW Jetta (Model Years ("MY") 2009-2015)
  • VW Jetta Sportwagen (MY 2009-2014)
  • VW Beetle (MY 2012-2015)
  • VW Beetle Convertible (MY 2012-2015)
  • VW Golf (MY 2010-2015)
  • VW Golf Sportwagen (MY 2015)
  • VW Passat (MY 2012-2015)
  • Audi A3 (MY 2010-2015)

Affected 3.0 liter diesel models include:

  • VW Touareg (MY 2014)
  • Porsche Cayenne (MY 2015)
  • Audi A6 Quattro (MY 2016)
  • Audi A7 Quattro (MY2016)
  • Audi A8 (MY 2016)
  • Audi Q5 (MY 2016)

If you or a loved one was deceived by Volkswagen by their misleading tactics, please contact us for a free consultation by completing the form below. You can also call us at (858) 485-6535 or email us at info@amslawoffice.com.


  • You were sold a false bill of goods
  • Significantly higher damage to the environment than believed
  • Potential loss of resale value
  • You paid a premium for the diesel version vs the standard models
  • There is no current resolution for this issue