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Volkswagen’s Dangerous Stalling Defect

By: Michael H. Rosenstein, Esq.

Volkswagen is a German automotive brand founded in 1937 and headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. The brand became increasingly popular with consumers worldwide and is now one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers. VW’s TSI engine is a high-performance engine known for its low fuel consumption, which also makes it one of the brand’s most popular engines. Despite its popularity, the engine has been the source of many complaints from VW drivers as a result of vehicle stalls. This has ultimately led to a class-action lawsuit against VW which alleges that VW engine defects have caused vehicle stalling in the Volkswagen GTI, Golf, Passat, Jetta, and Tiguan models.

If your Volkswagen vehicle has exhibited any serious engine issues or presents unrepaired engine defects, such as engine stalling, CCA is here to help. We invite you to call our experts today for a free consultation: (833) LEMON-FIRM.

What is the Volkswagen Stalling Defect?

The class-action lawsuit filed against the Volkswagen engine alleges that defected 2.0L TSI engines cause a stall in the following 2018 and 2019 VW models: Volkswagen GTI, Golf, Passat, Jetta, and Tiguan models. Owners of these models have filed multiple complaints that claim that the defective engine created problems such as excessive oil consumption, stalling, and clicking/tapping sounds.

Simply put, an engine stall means the engine has died or has stopped properly functioning. This can be dangerous as an engine stalling unexpectedly while driving may lead to a serious accident. A user explained these issues: “Car randomly shuts and stalls. I’ve had the car for 6 days, and it’s done it four times. Three when stopped or going 5mph or less on the highway of ramps. Once when going about 20mph in traffic. The car is a manual, and at all times the clutch was fully depressed.”

A user of the 2019 VW Jetta expressed his disappointment with VW’s service team: “VW has told me there is nothing wrong with the vehicle, despite its obvious overconsumption of oil. I have had to fill the oil tank twice now, in 6 months. Bone dry, twice… Terrible service. Not helpful, and very condescending.”

Ultimately, Volkswagen customers filed the class-action lawsuit against the automobile manufacturer. In addition to the stalling issue, the plaintiffs also claim that VW will not take any responsibility for the engine defects, leaving customers financially burdened by the cost of having these problems addressed. One plaintiff also claims that the engine problem persisted even after spending nearly $2,000 on repairs.   The lawsuit also refers to a petition that was submitted to the government requesting an investigation following 157 engine complaints regarding the engine stalling defect. NHTSA has not yet released any additional information regarding the acceptance or denial of the petition to investigate the Volkswagen vehicles. 

What Can I Do if My Volkswagen Model is Subject to Engine issues?

If you have experienced any of the engine defects discussed above or have been trying to contact the automaker regarding the issue without any luck, CAA is here to help. CCA’s attorneys are experienced in assisting VW customers throughout the State with their vehicle’s engine issues. Feel free to reach out to us for a quick and free consultation regarding your vehicle: (833) LEMON-FIRM.