Oregonians in class-action suit against Volkswagen

Oregon DEQ said latest inspection is OK

A class action lawsuit against Volkswagen was filed in Portland, Sept. 21, 2015 (KOIN)
A class action lawsuit against Volkswagen was filed in Portland, Sept. 21, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In the wake of the world’s top-selling automaker trying to get past a growing emissions scandal, a class-action lawsuit against Volkswagen was filed a few days ago in Portland.

Thousands of Oregonians drive diesel-engine VWs. But many are now wondering what to do since the “green” car they bought actually pumps out nitrogen oxide 10 to 40 times higher than federal emissions standards.

The exhaust of a Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion is photographed in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. The software at the center of Volkswagen's emissions scandal in the U.S. was built into the automaker's cars in Europe as well, though it isn't yet clear if it helped cheat tests as it did in the U.S., Germany said (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
The exhaust of a Volkswagen Passat Bluemotion is photographed in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. The software at the center of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal in the U.S. was built into the automaker’s cars in Europe as well, though it isn’t yet clear if it helped cheat tests as it did in the U.S., Germany said (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

KOIN 6 News went to an Oregon DEQ testing station Friday and confirmed what the federal investigators said. The emissions scandal affects these Volkswagen diesel models:

— Jetta 2009 to 2015
— Jetta Sportwagon 2009 to 2014
— Beetle 2012 to 2014
— Beetle convertible 2012 to 2015
— Audi A3 2010 to 2015
— Golf 2010 to 2015
— Golf Sportwagon 2015
— Passat 2012 to 2015

Officials with Oregon DEQ told KOIN 6 News if you have one of these vehicles they will not be held up at emissions testing time. You also don’t have to bring it in now — your last inspection remains good.

The federal government considers the cars safe and legal to drive and to sell. VW intends to release a computer patch to fix the emissions test workaround.

Portland attorney David Sugerman in his office, Sept. 24, 2015 (KOIN)
Portland attorney David Sugerman in his office, Sept. 24, 2015 (KOIN)

But attorney David Sugerman filed a class action suit on behalf of the VW diesel owners.

Sugerman told KOIN 6 News Volkswagen will have to compensate owners more than just a car, since they paid a premium for something promised but not delivered.

Some drivers are fed up with VW, others will continue to drive the brand.

Volkswagen’s board appointed the head of its Porsche unit as CEO on Friday, handing longtime company insider Matthias Mueller the task of trying to lead the world’s top-selling automaker past a growing emissions scandal.

The company also said it was suspending some employees and would reorganize its North America operations after admitting it used a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car emissions tests in the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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