Class action now likely in wake of VW’s Australian confirmation

8 October 2015
Confirmation late today from Volkswagen that approximately 90,000 Australian vehicles will need to be recalled does not address the compensation concerns of affected car owners, meaning a consumer class action is almost certainly now the only avenue for redress.

Confirmation late today from Volkswagen that approximately 90,000 Australian vehicles will need to be recalled does not address the compensation concerns of affected car owners, meaning a consumer class action is almost certainly now the only avenue for redress.

Maurice Blackburn Class Actions principal Damian Scattini said today’s announcement from VW had failed to provide any clarity on how it is intending to compensate consumers who might lose thousands of dollars in increased running costs or reduced re-sale value for affected vehicles.

“Today’s announcement reveals that the scope of people affected in Australia is much larger than was first thought, and in our view a class action is now most likely,” Mr Scattini said.

“Announcing a recall is a first step, but for the 90,000 vehicle owners affected by this incident, there is still no information about how Volkswagen Australia intends to compensate people for what will potentially be thousands of dollars of losses for these vehicles, or for the time they’ll have to spend without access to their vehicles during the recall.

“It beggars belief that VW got itself into this situation in the first place but it adds insult to injury for the company not to address the issue of compensation to vehicle owners.”

Reports of today’s VW announcement reveal that there are 54,000 VW passenger cars, 17,000 VW vans, 14,000 Audis and 5000 Skoda cars made from 2009 to 2015 that will becaught up in the recall.

Mr Scattini said Maurice Blackburn has already had close to 700 people around the country register their interest in a potential class action in response to the incident, and he expects that to continue to grow.

“The class actions mechanism is the best chance people have of holding companies that have caused mass wrongdoing to account, and we urge anyone affected by this recall to register their interest with us via our website as soon as possible,” he said.

To register your interest in the potential Volkswagen class action visit: http://www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/current-class-actions/volkswagen-class-action-investigation.

Maurice Blackburn is the nation’s leading class action law firm, having secured the nation’s only class actions recoveries in excess of $100 million, having done that for clients eight times now.

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