Volkswagen, as we all likely know by now, is in some pretty hot water. Following the discovery of the car manufacturer’s emissions cheating scandal, public trust in the car company has plummeted, resulting in a drop in market value of more than $25 billion. VW has issued massive recall of more than 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Environmental Research Letters, a peer-reviewed publication, recently released a new study that claims the emissions scandal may be responsible for damaging more than just public trust. Researchers from both Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe that 59 premature deaths may be linked to the VW diesel engines.
The 59 deaths allegedly connected to the extra pollution released by the emissions cheating devices took place only in the U.S. This means that the number of wrongful deaths could be much higher, potentially more than 1,500 deaths worldwide.
What Can I Do If I Drive a Diesel Volkswagen?
First, check to see if you own an affected model. The VW diesel models included are as follows: 2009-2015 Jetta, 2009-2015 Beetle, 2009-2015 Golf, 2014-2015 Passat, and 2009-2015 Audi A3.
If you drive one of the cars listed above, take it in to a local dealer to have it repaired to EPA standards. Unfortunately, the repair will slightly lower the performance of the vehicle.
At least five lawsuits have been filed against VW by car owners so far. In the past, other car companies have paid out billions in settlements for far less egregious offenses.
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