The VW car scandal relates to an admission by VW that a software code designed to cheat US emissions tests for nitrogen oxide (NOx), a harmful air pollutant, was included in the engine management system of its EA189 diesel engine. The engine in question came in three versions: 1.2-litre, 1.6-litre and 2-litre. The engines featured in Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen vehicles manufactured between 2008 and 2014.
Volkswagen have issued a statement saying :
“Affected customers will be contacted, with details of a process to get their vehicles corrected in the near future. In the meantime, all vehicles are technically safe and roadworthy.”
VW’s UK boss Paul Willis has confirmed that 1.2-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines will need a software fix, while cars with a 1.6-litre diesel will also need new injectors fitted. This means around 400,000 cars in England alone will require mechanical changes. When speaking before the House of Commons’ Select Committee Paul Willis failed to answer questions relating to whether or not UK owners would be compensated.
As a purchaser of a car you have statutory rights under the Sales of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980.
The 1980 Act provides that anything you buy from a supplier must be:
- of merchantable quality;
- fit for its normal purpose,
- as described, whether the description is part of the advertising, or something said or represented to you by a salesperson.
A contract has arisen between you and the seller. If your purchase subsequently transpires to be faulty the retailer/supplier and not the manufacturer must resolve your complaint.
The scandal has serious implications for car owners affected who might now attempt to resell or trade in their car. It has come to the attention of Burns Nowlan Solicitors that at least one main car dealer is currently refusing to allow a car affected by the scandal to be traded in against another car.
The case of the current VW cars scandal was seemingly caused by Volkswagen using a software specifically designed to cheat emission tests and therefore the issue of misrepresentation [whether innocent or fraudulent] by Volkswagen or its agents may also arise.
Section 45 of the Act has important implications for anyone affected by the scandal. The relevant section provides:
“ Where a person has entered into a contract after a misrepresentation has been made to him by another party and as a result thereof has suffered loss, then if the person making the misrepresentation would be liable in damages in respect thereof had the misrepresentation been made fraudulently, that person shall be so liable notwithstanding that the misrepresentation was not made fraudulently , unless he proves that he had reasonable grounds to believe and did believe up to the time the contract was made that the facts represented were true.”
In order to safeguard your legal rights and entitlements contact Burns Nowlan Solicitors NOW. We can advise you as to how we will deal on your behalf to the issues which have arisen.
Contact us now either by phone [045 – 432382] or by email firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively fill in and return the below questionnaire:-
Please furnish us with the Registration Number and make of the car, the date of purchase and the supplier/dealer.
It is important that you act now to protect your rights.