A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed in BC Supreme Court against Volkswagen, in the wake of revelations the software on its diesel-engine vehicles was designed to cheat emission tests.
It’s filed on behalf of West Vancouver-based Blitzkrieg Motorcars, which leased a new Volkswagen Jetta diesel engine as a courtesy car for customers last year.
The suit alleges it contains a device which provides false and inaccurate emissions readings.
Burnaby lawyer Mark Canofari says modifications to bring the vehicle to environmental compliance would diminish its value.
“Right now these vehicles are not compliant with Canadian environmental standards. They are significantly not compliant. So what would happen is the vehicles would likely have to be detuned, which means a loss in performance, and very well a loss in fuel economy as well.”
The class action has not yet been certified. None of the allegations has been proven in court.