VW owners seek compensation

According to a report on the BBC thousands of Volkswagen owners in the UK are seeking compensation from the carmaker following its emissions scandal.

Lawyers have reportedly claimed 10,000 owners had already expressed an interest in suing VW with estimates that owners could get ‘several thousand’ pounds in compensation.

Lawyers, headed by the firm Harcus Sinclair, are applying for a group litigation order, similar to a US class action lawsuit, in the High Court later this month.

There are 1.2 million diesel engine cars affected in the UK, including VWs, Audis, Seat and Skodas.

The legal action aims to get compensation for people who own or have previously owned one of the vehicles.

In a statement, Harcus Sinclair said, ‘The key allegation is that the affected cars should not have been certified as fit for sale because it is alleged that they produced higher levels of nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions than the rules allowed.

It continued, ‘It is also alleged that the affected vehicles only passed official emissions test because their engines were fitted with a ‘defeat device’ which reduces nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions under test conditions.’