01.08.19

Dieselgate: our battle continues #Dieselgate #Neveragain #Demandjustice

September 2015: the Dieselgate scandal explodes as it becomes clear that the Volkswagen group has mislead their costumers for years by selling them cars that polluted way more NOx than they promised.

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#DemandJustice #NeverAgain

September 2015: the Dieselgate scandal explodes as it becomes clear that the Volkswagen group has mislead their costumers for years by selling them cars that polluted way more NOx than they promised.

While all affected consumers in the United States got compensated for the Dieselgate scandal relatively quickly, the Volkswagen group refused to do the same for European consumers. As the world’s leading consumer cluster, this is something Euroconsumers could not and would not accept!

Just like consumers in the United States, European consumers that have been cheated have the right to compensation. That’s why Euroconsumers started class actions in all of its European countries (Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal). In doing so our organisations were the first European consumer organisations to also take a stand against Volkswagen in court.

Since then we have not let go of the Dieselgate scandal. Euroconsumers’ tests showed that even after the repair (software update) Volkswagen promised, emissions were still too high. On top of that a Euroconsumers’ survey showed that after having the defeat device removed, 45 % of the cars encountered problems and defects. Next to that, we have also put a lot of effort in making sure a scandal like Dieselgate cannot happen again, by pushing hard for lower emission limits, better and more realistic emission tests, and more independent controls.

Four years later Euroconsumers continues to fight for the victims of the Dieselgate scandal, both in and out of court. We welcome strong, successful companies. But with power comes responsibility, and above all the need to respect their consumers. If a company, no matter how big they are, breaches the law, they need to be respectful towards their costumers and offer them an adequate and fair compensation. That’s why we won’t stop until the Volkswagen group turns this black sheet in the company’s history and comes through for its customers.

#Dieselgate #Neveragain #Demandjustice