04 November 2015
by ANR

Australian car owners file lawsuit against VW, Audi

Australian car owners have launched a local lawsuit against Volkswagen and Audi over the emissions-rigging scandal.

Australian firm Bannister Law has filed two class actions in the federal court on behalf of an estimated 91,000 car owners whose diesel vehicles contain secret engine software. Principal Charles Bannister said in a statement on Monday that “the customer may be entitled to a refund of the purchase” if the firm can prove that “in supplying cars containing the defeat device, the statutory guarantee was not complied with.” Mr Bannister claimed that people should be compensated because the value of their vehicles “has been diminished through no fault of their own,”.

The class action principal believes people should “ask for the recovery of the full purchase price or alternatively a diminution in the value of the vehicle.” Although the class suit would cover the estimated 91,000 affected car owners, Mr Bannister encouraged people to come forward with their contact details to stay up-to-date with the case’s development. “The community at large is also entitled to feel outraged at what’s happened,” he said.

Volkswagen admitted last month that over 100,000 diesel cars in Australia had been sold with software which manipulated pollution controls.