Media Release: November 2
November 2, 2015
Bannister Law is the first Australian law firm to file a class action against the VW Group after the car giant revealed widespread use of the controversial ‘defeat device’ across the EA 189 diesel engines.
Charles Bannister, firm founder and principal, said two separate class actions had been filed late Friday: one against Volkswagen Australia, the other against Audi Australia as they were two separate legal identities.
“A part of the claim in each class action is that both VW and Audi guaranteed, under the consumer laws, that the vehicles were fit for their purpose, and free from defects.
“In supplying cars containing the defeat device, the statutory guarantee was not complied with. If we’re successful on that part of the claim, the customer may be entitled to a refund of the purchase price.
“We’ve already had significant interest in the class actions from consumers, many of whom have been deeply disappointed in the conduct of the company.
“I think there’s a great deal of pride in the brands – people love these cars, which makes the alleged misleading and deceptive conduct all the more difficult to swallow for these owners. This deception strikes at the very heart of the brand and undermines its value.
“That damage is already apparent. We’re already seeing hard evidence on the impact on vehicle resale throughout the market. Whether consumers have new or second hand cars, if theirs is an affected model that loss of value is currently borne by them,” said Mr Bannister.
As Bannister Law is the firm conducting the lead class action, its case captures the group of approximately 90,000 affected VW, Audi cars in Australia.
There are over 90,000 affected vehicles in Australia including diesel models from VW, Audi, Škoda and Seat manufactured between 2008 and 2014. Owners of affected vehicles can register for the class action or learn more at vwclassaction.com.au
Andrew Butler, Etched Communications: 0423 296 903, [email protected]
Peter Wilkinson, Wilkinson Group: 0414 383 433, [email protected]