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Spanish car maker, SEAT, has been a subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group since 1986. In 2015, the Volkswagen Group admitted to installing “cheat software” into many of their diesel cars across the world, in order to cheat emission tests in the lab. Many SEAT vehicles were affected.
The SEAT vehicles affected were manufactured between 2009 and 2015. This means that many UK SEAT owners could have been driving vehicles that promised better performance and less pollution than was actually the case. Autocar tests have shown that the cars do have a worse fuel economy after the fix.
The emissions scandal has been worldwide news since 2015. Now, UK residents are claiming compensation against their car manufacturer. If you believe you have been affected, get in touch today to see how we can help.
Whilst the deadline to join the Group Action has passed this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a claim providing that you still fall within the limitation period.
The dieselgate scandal, as it is now known, began in September 2015. The Volkswagen Group confessed to knowingly inserting cheat software into more than 11 million cars worldwide in order to cheat emissions tests.
This testing is a crucial factor in the process of eliminating Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) being dispersed into the air. VW Group were, therefore, trying to cheat the system into thinking their cars were more ecologically friendly than they actually were.
Included within this was 1.2 million vehicles that were sold in the UK. The cars sold in the UK included vehicles within the VW Group – SEAT, Skoda, Audi.
Many SEAT owners potentially paid money for a car that they believed to release a certain amount of dangerous NOx, whereas it actually released much more of the gas into the atmosphere. While no definitive emissions tests have yet taken place in the UK, researchers in the US found that when tested on the road, some cars emitted almost 40 times the permitted US levels of nitrogen oxides. The permitted levels do differ in the US and the UK.
A number of SEAT-manufactured vehicles have been affected. The VW NOx Emissions Group Litigation relates to vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Skoda with a 1.2, 1.6 or 2.0 litre EA189 diesel engine, manufactured before 2016.
Other cars may be affected including, Porsche. Whilst no finding or decision has been made in respect of other vehicles such as Porsche, we are looking into them.
SEAT initially sent out letters if your car was affected and they were recalling cars in order to sort the problem. However, you may not have received this letter or bought on the secondary market in between 2009-2015.
There are currently two links on the SEAT website which can help you find out if you have been affected:
How to check if your SEAT was affected
SEAT EA189 Service Action
Claim Experts can also give you advice in regards to finding out if your vehicle has been affected and your next steps.
If all of the below statements are true for you, then it is highly likely that you are eligible to claim against SEAT/The Volkswagen Group:
Claim Experts are asked this question regularly, and we believe there are five reasons:
One the key reasons is that a multinational company lied to its customers in order to make more profits. This meant that they sold a SEAT that was not what was advertised, meaning your health and your pocket could have been affected. Clients who have been affected may have suffered damages because of it. If they have a valid claim they may be able to make a claim for compensation
The Volkswagen Group also lied about a dangerous pollutant – NOx. This is responsible for acid rain, global warming, smog and the deterioration of the ozone layer.
It has been reported that The Volkswagen Group have put aside £4.7 billion to cover costs of any oncoming litigation.
There is no current guidance on the amount of compensation UK residents can receive for a VW emissions claim. We will keep clients updated in relation to High Court rulings on compensation.
Have you been affected by the SEAT emissions scandal? Do you want to make a claim for compensation against dieselgate? Whilst the deadline to join the Group Action has passed this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a claim providing that you still fall within the limitation period.
At Claim Experts, we have a team of expert litigation solicitors who come from a financial services and compliance background. We are also regulated and authorised by the Solicitors Regulation.
At ClaimExperts.co.uk we make claiming for compensation easy:
Claim Experts is a trading style of Smooth Commercial Law. Your enquiry will be handled by Claim Experts, but your emissions case may be passed on to another solicitor within our panel. Should you decide to proceed with your claim it is your responsibility to check the terms and conditions of the solicitor that contacts you, including the fee they charge which can be up to 50%, no win, no fee.