Thousands of drivers suffer loss of power following VW emissions ‘fix’

41, 000 owners are getting a class action against the producer citing poor performance, worse gas consumption and no compensation

More than half associated with VW, Audi and Skoda proprietors who had their cars set following the diesel-gate emissions scandal have eventually suffered poor performance and even worse fuel consumption, according to a legal company behind a class action towards VW.

Around 41, 000 owners have got so far joined the action simply by Harcus Sinclair UK. VW provides recalled 1 . 2m cars in the united kingdom after it was caught cheating emissions tests 2 yrs ago , but growing amounts of owners are refusing to have the totally free work done because of the alleged post-fix problems.

Harcus Sinclair says the survey found that 53%, or even 2, 706 drivers, had documented reduced fuel efficiency following the repair. More than 40% suffered reduced strength and acceleration, while 739 documented a sudden loss of power as the vehicle went into limp home mode.

VW has so far declined to compensate those affected in the UK and it has vowed to fight the lawful action. Last month it also experienced fresh accusations that the the repair for affected cars may not really make a difference in the real world, following a leak associated with internal documents in German press.

Damon Parker, head of lawsuit at Harcus Sinclair UK, mentioned: These results show that the repair intended to reduce NOx emissions might, in fact , have a detrimental impact on basically performance and running costs. It is often almost two years since the scandal has been exposed and the only thing that will UK consumers have been offered is really a so-called fix. A survey of our own clients suggests it has caused some other mechanical problems, leading to greater hassle, anxiety over their cars security and additional cost to them.

Affected cars consist of VW, Audi, SEAT and koda with 1 . 2, 1 . six and 2 . 0 EA 189 diesel engines manufactured between yr and 2015. Most require a basic software upgrade, but some those with the particular 1 . 6 litre diesel motor have needed major work.

Parker says the legal situation will likely focus on whether the cars must have been certified as fit on the market as they allegedly produced higher exhausts of NOx than the rules permitted due to their engines being fitted using a defeat device.

The UK government has backed the fix which, for most automobiles, has been approved by German regulators. Transportation minister, John Hayes, said in April that he was calling on VOLKS WAGEN to offer a compensation package to UNITED KINGDOM consumers. The Department for Atmosphere, Food & Rural Affairs reports NOx emissions cause 23, 1000 premature deaths in the UK each year.

In 03, the Guardian showcased the case of James Harrison who claimed that the repair had ruined his familys the year 2010 Golf 1 . 6 diesel. Pursuing the work the car began to stall plus was difficult to restart.

Other VW proprietors have reported that components through the exhaust gas recirculation system as well as the diesel particulate filter are commonly looking for being replaced after the fix is certainly applied. In some cases VW has covered the work, but in others it has remaining the owner with large 1, 000+ bills.

A spokesman for VW stated: This survey has been designed by a legal professional to support the claim it is bringing regarding compensation against Volkswagen. We have severe misgivings about its impartiality plus methodology. It is limited to the law companies clients who are likely to have various characteristics from the population of impacted vehicle owners in the UK as a whole. Also among that interested group the particular survey response rate was lower than 25%, and only half the participants reported any problem.

In stark comparison, in the UK Volkswagen has implemented the particular technical measures in over 720, 000 vehicles and in over 5m vehicles across Europe. There is no systemic problem. The overwhelming majority of the customers have been fully satisfied. Place another way, around 5m customers have never reported any problems with the specialized measures.

He added: We also wish to stress that the technical measures never affect the performance or safety of the vehicle. Implementation of the technical procedures does not cause limp home setting to engage nor does it increase the occurrence of limp home mode happening.

A study by the BBCs Watchdog programme straight into cars losing power is upon BBC 1 tonight at 8pm.