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Vauxhall emissions scandal

We’re investigating a collective action against Vauxhall over allegations that software designed to cheat emissions tests was installed into certain diesel vehicles. If you purchased, financed or leased one of the affected vehicles you may be eligible to join the claim for compensation.

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Vauxhall emissions scandal

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What has Vauxhall done?

Vauxhall is the latest car manufacturer to be caught up in the Dieselgate scandal after the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) found software designed to cheat emissions tests in certain Vauxhall diesel models. The regulator has ordered the carmaker to recall many of its models.

The KBA has found that cheating software, commonly referred to as a defeat device, was installed into diesel engines to limit emissions readings during vehicle emissions testing thereby misrepresenting the actual emissions during real-world driving. The nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of the engines as a result didn’t comply with EU regulatory requirements.

NOx is a harmful combination of nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide, both of which are pollutants associated with, amongst other things acid rain, global warming and respiratory conditions, such as childhood asthma.

Why should I register my interest in the Vauxhall claim?

We believe it’s unacceptable that customers have been sold vehicles which don’t comply with emissions regulations and we’ll be investigating claims for deceit, breach of statutory duty, breach of consumer law and breach of the Consumer Credit Act.

There’s a very real possibility that owners have overpaid for vehicles which don’t comply with emissions regulations and that now need to be fixed.

It may also be the case that the fix itself has a negative impact on the fuel consumption and performance of your vehicle. If this is the case, we’ll bring a claim for those additional costs too.

It’s thought that more than 600,000 affected vehicles were sold in the UK, and owners could be entitled to thousands in compensation.

Why choose Slater and Gordon?

We’re experts in collective actions and are Joint Lead Lawyers in the Volkswagen Emission claim where we represent over 70,000 people who felt deceived by the car manufacturer after discovering cheating software had been installed into their vehicles.

VW fitted cheating software into 1.2 million vehicles and the claim is predicted to the largest collective action in British legal history, both in terms of the number of claimants involved and the expected compensation level.

We’re also running a similar claim against Mercedes-Benz after the KBA ordered the manufacturer to recall over 140,000 vehicles fitted with cheating software.

Am I eligible to join the claim?

You may be eligible to join the claim and take legal action against Vauxhall if your vehicle matches the following criteria:

  • has a diesel engine
  • was made by Vauxhall between 2008 and 2019
  • was acquired by outright purchase, finance or lease either new or used

The Vauxhall models currently affected are:

  • Astra
  • Cascada
  • Corsa
  • Insignia
  • Mokka
  • Movano
  • Zafira

If Vauxhall has contacted you for an emission software update already or you’ve received a recall letter about an emission problem, your vehicle is eligible.

We expect Vauxhall to carry out further recalls in the UK, which means more models will potentially be affected. If your vehicle isn’t on the list but you believe it may be affected we suggest that you register your interest with us.

How do I register my interest in the claim?

If you believe that your vehicle has been affected and you’d like to register your interest in the claim for compensation, please click here. It’s free to register your interest in the claim and you’ll be updated on our progress.

If we consider there’s a valid claim to pursue, we’ll invite you to become a client of Slater and Gordon on a Conditional Fee Arrangement (‘No Win No Fee’ agreement). This means there’s no cost to join the claim and in the event the claim is lost, you’ll not owe any money to us or Vauxhall.

Full details regarding costs and liability will be provided in the information pack included in the sign up process for the claim.

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