Audi/VW Automatic Emergency Braking Class Action – How Opting Out Might Be The Best Move.

As Audi and Volkswagen owners face the recent class action settlement concerning Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) systems, a critical decision lies ahead: whether to stay within the class or opt-out. 

While a class action might initially seem appealing, a closer examination reveals potential pitfalls. 

So why might opting out of the class action be wise? The Lemon Law Firm could offer a more advantageous route for affected owners. Find out more in this article.

History Behind The Volkswagen-Audi Settlement

The class action settlement aims to address issues surrounding the AEB systems in certain Audi and VW models. These systems include features such as “Audi Braking Guard” and “Pre Sense,” which have been reportedly faulty and dangerous for drivers after unexpected activation.

Instances have been reported where the accelerator pedal cover becomes loose, potentially leading to unintended acceleration, even after the brake pedal is pressed. This defect can result in dangerous driving situations, highlighting the urgency for resolution and compensation for affected owners.

In response, Volkswagen Group of America (VWGoA) has agreed to extend warranties and provide partial reimbursements for select AEB-related repairs.

The affected models are shown below:

Volkswagen ModelsAudi Models
Certain 2019-2023 model year Arteon*Certain 2015-2020 and 2022-2023 Audi A3*
Certain 2018-2023 model year Atlas*Certain 2019-2023 Audi Q3*
Certain 2020-2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport*Certain 2013-2023 Audi A4*
Certain 2016-2017 Volkswagen CC*Certain 2013-2023 Audi A5*
Certain 2016-2021 Volkswagen Golf*Certain 2013-2023 Audi Q5*
Certain 2016-2019 and 2022-2023 Volkswagen Golf R*Certain 2012-2023 Audi A6*
Certain 2016-2019 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen*Certain 2012-2023 Audi A7*
Certain 2016-2023 Volkswagen GTI*Certain 2011-2023 Audi A8*
Certain 2016-2019 Volkswagen e-Golf*Certain 2017-2023 Audi Q7*
Certain 2021-2023 Volkswagen ID.4*Certain 2019-2023 Audi Q8*
Certain 2016-2023 Volkswagen Jetta*Certain 2019-2023 Audi e-tron*
Certain 2016-2022 Volkswagen Passat*Certain 2022-2023 Audi e-tron GT*
Certain 2022-2023 Volkswagen Taos*Certain 2022-2023 Audi Q4 e-tron*
Certain 2018-2023 Volkswagen Tiguan*
Certain 2015-2017 Volkswagen Touareg*

*Please note that not all models and model years mentioned are automatically covered by this Settlement (i.e., they may not qualify as a Settlement Class Vehicle). The determination of Settlement Class Vehicles is based on Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). To determine if your vehicle qualifies as a Settlement Class Vehicle, you can utilize the VIN Lookup Portal by entering your vehicle’s VIN as instructed.

Potential Drawbacks of Remaining in the Class:

Joining a class action lawsuit may seem like a simple solution to get compensation, but it comes with risks. You might give up your right to sue VWGoA individually by staying in the class. This means you can’t ask for a full refund or extra money for damages, which you could if you filed your own lawsuit.

Importance of Individual Legal Action:

Opting out of the class action means owners can make their own choices and take legal action that fits their specific situation. Instead of being limited by a class action, individuals can seek a full refund with the possibility of punitive damages.

Plus, individual lawsuits let owners make VWGoA responsible for any damage caused by the AEB system’s failures. This isn’t just about money; it shows car companies they need to care about keeping people safe and making reliable cars. By asking for better safety rules, owners can help make sure future cars are safer for everyone.

As Audi and VW owners navigate the complexities of the AEB class action settlement, the decision to opt out emerges as a strategic choice for those seeking comprehensive reimbursement. By choosing to pursue individual legal action with the support of The Lemon Law Firm, owners can assert their rights, maximize their compensation, and effect meaningful change within the automotive industry.

Important deadlines for taking action:

Settlement Class Members’ Legal Rights and Options
Deadline to postmark request for exclusion from the settlementJune 17, 2024
Deadline to file Objection to the SettlementJune 17, 2024
Deadline to file a claim for reimbursementJuly 15, 2024
Final Fairness HearingJuly 17, 2024, at 1:30 p.m.

How Owners Can Take Back Control

While the class action has been communicated to owners, many continue to be unhappy with the solutions provided by automakers. These problems have the potential to escalate into further legal action, just like this – underlining the importance of protecting consumer rights.

If you struggle with vehicle troubles and feel cornered against big vehicle brands, remember it is always better to have experts with you. 

With extensive experience and successful cases at hand, The Lemon Firm is your best bet. With the dedicated team members always at your disposal, the package becomes btoo good to be true. So, if your car is giving you a headache, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Call 833 Lemon Firm and speak with a case analyst today! 

About the Author
Sepehr Daghighian is a partner with CCA that is well-versed in all aspects of lemon-law litigation. A 2005 graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Daghighian has been practicing litigation throughout the state of California for over 13-years. In this time, Mr. Daghighian has advocated on behalf of California consumers in hundreds of lemon law cases throughout our great state. Mr. Daghighian has also successfully tried numerous such cases to verdict in both Federal and State Court.