Deadline approaching for Connecticut Volkswagen owners

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2015, file photo, shows the Volkswagen logo on a car during the Car Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Volkswagen deleted documents and obstructed justice after the U.S. Environmental Protection accused the company of cheating on emissions tests, a former employee alleges in a lawsuit. Daniel Donovan says in a whistleblower case that he was wrongfully fired Dec. 6, 2015, after refusing to participate in the deletions and reporting them to a supervisor. The lawsuit says that the evidence deletion continued for three days after the Sept. 18 allegations from the EPA and despite a hold order from the Justice Department. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There are nine different Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche models affected by a $14.7 billion settlement in that big emissions scandal.

It is estimated that there are between 4,000 and 5,000 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in Connecticut owned by consumers, and the 12 Volkswagen dealerships that are affected by the bogus emissions system scandal. Nationwide, it’s about 450,000.

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These are vehicles that are equipped with software that illegally registers legal emissions standards when it is hooked up to an emissions testing system, but then pollutes above legal levels as soon as it returns to the road.

“There’s compensation for eligible sellers who sold their car after September of 2015, as well as people who currently own it,” said Attorney Cody Guarnieri of Brown, Paindiris & Scott, the law firm handling cases for Connecticut Volkswagen owners.

If you owned one of these vehicles and sold it between September of last year and June of this year, you have just 16 days left to apply for the big settlement to get a check from Volkswagen for up to $3,000 because you were defrauded and did not receive what your vehicle should have been worth when you sold it.

The deadline is September 16th. If you still own one, you have two more years to apply.

“Needless to say, Volkswagen is not doing a billion dollar ad campaign to tell people that they need to make this claim,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) outside the emissions stall at Cox Automotive in East Hartford Wednesday.

That’s why representatives of the auto dealers joined with Sen. Blumenthal to urge and remind Connecticut residents to apply.

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“This is a major hit to Volkswagen and it sends a message out I think that you don’t ever want to do something like this again,” said Jim Fleming, the President of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association.

“On behalf of the Volkswagen dealers in the state we also look forward to them becoming whole and Volkswagen doing the right thing for them,” said Jeff Aiosa of Carriage House Mercedes-Benz in New London, representing the National Automotive Dealers Association.

The Volkwagen dealers are stuck with a lot of these defective cars as well not to mention the employees and their families that have suffered through no fault of their own, through this scandal.

You can get more info and file a claim by clicking here

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