(WINDSOR, ON) – Volkswagen Canada has announced that both Québec and Ontario courts have granted approval of a nationwide settlement agreement to resolve consumer claims in Canada related to the 2.0L diesel emissions claims made by Volkswagen. The class action covered approximately 105,000 affected vehicles.
The approved settlement agreement provides for cash to be paid to eligible owners and lessees of Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L TDI vehicles. Many of these settlement class members will also have choices that may include selling or trading in their vehicle or terminating their lease without any early termination penalty, or keeping their vehicle and receiving an emissions modification that has been approved by regulators together with an extended emissions warranty.
“Approval of the settlement is an important milestone in our journey to making things right in Canada,” said Maria Stenstroem, CEO of Volkswagen Group Canada. “We are devoting significant resources and personnel to ensuring their experience with the settlement program is a positive one.”
Harvey Strosberg, a partner at the Windsor firm of Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP, and one of the lead counsels, stated, “… the approvals from the courts are wonderful news for the settlement class members.”
As their claims are approved, claimants will, where applicable, be able to schedule appointments with their preferred Volkswagen or Audi dealership in Canada to complete their settlement transactions.
More detailed information about the 2.0L TDI settlement program in Canada and available benefits can be found online or by calling the Canadian Settlement Claims Centre at 1-888-670-4773.
The following 2.0L TDI vehicles sold in Canada are included in the approved settlement program:
- VW Jetta 2009-2015
- VW Beetle 2013-2015
- VW Jetta Wagon 2009
- VW Golf Wagon 2010-2014
- VW Golf 2010-2013, 2015
- VW Golf Sportwagon 2015
- VW Passat 2012-2015
- Audi A3 2010-2013, 2015
Amounts for legal fees and expenses of class counsel that will be approved by the courts will be paid by Volkswagen Group and will not reduce the benefits available to settlement class members. Volkswagen says the class settlement is not an admission of its liability.