New research has revealed that more than one in ten owners of Volkswagen Group diesel vehicles have had their car go into ‘limp mode’ after having the official software update.
A survey by law firm Slater and Gordon quizzed over 11,600 owners of models made by VW Group companies – including VW, Seat, Skoda and Audi – who had their vehicles ‘fixed’ to correct the emissions cheat. Of those, more than 1,200 claimed their vehicle had gone into ‘limp mode’ following the post-dieselgate fix.
Gareth Pope, a specialist group litigation lawyer from Slater and Gordon, said: “It has been over two years since the scandal was exposed and UK consumers have waited in vain for Volkswagen to respond to their complaints fairly.
“VW’s only response has been to offer consumers in the UK a fix that our clients are telling us doesn’t work. The survey results are deeply troubling but confirm what clients have been telling us that many have suffered technical problems following the fix.
“It is crucial that VW addresses these serious technical failings to ensure motorists are not risking their lives when they get behind the wheel.”
In 2015, it was revealed that Volkswagen had used emissions cheat devices to skirt around tests in the US on its diesel vehicles. These devices worked by identifying when the tests are taking place and used various methods to control the pollution emitted during them.