Of the 475,000 owners of affected VW
vehicles in the US that have the infamous diesel
cheat device, almost half have decided that enough is enough. They want resolution. In the ongoing settlement case
between owners, VW, and government regulators, a motion for final approval was filed late last week. In that document, we learned that, "approximately 210,000 Class Members had registered for settlement benefits, a noteworthy level of participation in a program whose claims deadline does not occur until September 2018." In other words, lots of TDI owners just want this taken care of. So far, only 235 consumers have requested exclusion from the class action suit. That's less than 0.1 percent of the total Settlement Class.
Of course, this settlement only covers vehicles with VW's 2.0-liter diesel engines. Details on what will happen to owners of 3.0-liter engine vehicles are still being sorted out. The parties held a status update meeting with Judge Charles Breyer in the Northern District of California last week, and the court scheduled the next status conference about the 3.0-liter vehicles for November 3, 2016. In other words, sit tight.
For more details on all of this, you can read our VW diesel settlement FAQ here
and our in-depth Q&A with the lead counsel
of the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee. You can also read last week's filing below.
VW Diesel case: Motion for Settlement Motion for Final Approval August 26