Volkswagen Lemon Law Attorneys
If you’ve brought your purchased or leased Volkswagen in for repairs repeatedly, call 1(833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with a Volkswagen lemon law attorney about your case for free.
The experienced trial attorneys at Wirtz Law will protect your Lemon Law rights and pursue your claim at no cost to you. Our proven success record speaks for itself.
At Wirtz Law APC, our experienced trial teams are dedicated to fighting for our clients and getting maximum damages, including civil penalties. Over the past 6 years, Wirtz Law APC has recovered more than $29,000,000 for consumers like you.
If you’ve had to bring your Volkswagen in for repair two times or more for any of the following concerns, you may have a lemon. Call 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with a Volkswagen lemon law attorney and get our team of experienced trial attorneys fighting on your behalf today.
The transmission or gearbox ensures that the correct amount of power reaches your wheels to drive at a given speed. The transmission ensures that the gear ratio between the engine and drive wheels adjusts to accommodate the desired speed of the car.
Common symptoms of transmission failures include:
- Whining and clunking
- Burning smell
- Lack of response, hesitation
- Lunging, or jerking
- Noisy in neutral
- Leaking fluid
- Premature clutch replacements
Ignition Coil or Spark Plug Failures
Sparks plugs ignite the air-fuel mixture within an engine’s cylinders, creating the explosion required to power to the engine. While failures can be caused by improper heat ranges or chemical contamination, the most common cause of damage to spark plugs results from improper torque installation.
Common symptoms of a spark plug failures include:
- Slow acceleration
- Poor fuel economy
- Difficulty starting the vehicle
Oil is responsible for lubricating parts of the engine, helping to absorb heat and reduce overheating due to friction. Most oil leakage is the result of degraded engine gaskets, oil pan leaks, oil seals, or bad connections.
Common symptoms of oil leakage, which can indicate a more serious problem, include:
- Dark puddles under your car
- Smoke from the engine
- Engine overheating
- The smell of burning oil
Engine Cooling System Failure
A car’s engine cooling system is responsible for keeping the engine cool while it works to prevent overheating. The system does so by sending a liquid coolant through hoses and passages in the engine. As the coolant flows through these hoses and passages, it picks up and removes heat from the engine. The water pump has the job of keeping the coolant moving through the system, and the radiator re-cools the liquid so it can again be circulated through the passages in the motor.
Common symptoms of engine cooling system failure include:
- Overheating, especially on city roads or “stop-and-go” traffic
- Metallic smell coming from the engine compartment
- Coolant leaks
- Steam or smoke emanating from the engine compartment
Timing Chain Defect
The timing chain synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft within internal combustion engines. Misalignment of the chain can cause premature wear or engine failure.
Common symptoms of a bad timing belt include:
- Ticking noises from the engine
- Oil leaking from the front of the motor
- Harsh idle
The turbocharger on a car applies a very similar principle to a piston engine. It uses the exhaust gas to drive a turbine that spins an air compressor. That extra air and oxygen is pushed into the cylinders at a high speed. This allows the engine to burn more fuel each second, making the car much faster.
Common symptoms of turbocharger failure include:
- Loss of power
- Slower and louder acceleration
- Difficulty maintaining high speeds
- Blue or grey smoke from exhaust
Emissions System Malfunctions
The exhaust system is made up of many parts: manifolds, oxygen sensors, catalytic converters, resonators, exhaust pipes, mufflers, and tailpipes. The exhaust system controls noise, directs fumes away from passengers, improves performance and fuel consumption, and is one of the most heavily regulated systems in vehicles today. California and Federal emissions warranties even require extended coverage of many emissions system components, even if a car’s basic warranties have expired.
Common symptoms of emissions system failures include:
- Loud hissing sounds from the exhaust
- The smell of raw gasoline
- Decrease in power
- Lack of acceleration
- Loss of fuel efficiency
- Detached, hanging, or dragging exhaust pipe
*Note that your Volkswagen may still be a lemon even if the issue is not listed above. Call 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON today to describe your unique issues and get a free case evaluation.
Is My Volkswagen a Lemon?
Think you might have a lemon? If your Volkswagen is on the list below and has required repeated repairs for the same issue, contact a Volkswagen Lemon Law Attorney at 1 (833) 4MY – LEMON.
- Volkswagen Arteon
- Volkswagen Atlas
- Volkswagen Beetle
- Volkswagen Golf
- Volkswagen Jetta
- Volkswagen Passat
- Volkswagen Tiguan
- Volkswagen Touareg
- Volkswagen Cabrio
*Note that your Volkswagen may still be a lemon even if not listed above
Notable Volkswagen Recalls
Airbag ECU May Malfunction (NHTSA Safety Recall Campaign No. 19V535000)
- In July 2019, Volkswagen recalled nearly 28,000 vehicles with defective airbag electrical control units (ECU)
- According to Volkswagen, the ECU may have a defective power supply capacitor that can result in airbag deactivation or inadvertent deployment of the airbags, which may result in injury in the event of a crash.
Loss of Power Brakes due to Camshaft Lobe Fracture (NHTSA Safety Recall Campaign No. 12V705000)
- In October 2015, Volkswagen recalled nearly 92,000 vehicles. The affected vehicles had a defective camshaft lobe.
- According to Volkswagen, the defective lobe was responsible for the brake vacuum pump. If the lobe sheared off, power braking would be lost and may cause a crash.
Rear Trailing Arm May Fracture (NHTSA Safety Recall Campaign No. 14V656000)
- In October 2014, Volkswagen recalled over 442,000 vehicles with defective rear trailing arms.
- According to Volkswagen, the durability of the rear trailing arm in its vehicles may be reduced in vehicles whose rear trailing arms were compromised via impact. This could lead to a sudden fracture and loss of vehicle control.
At Wirtz Law APC, we are dedicated to protecting consumers from large automakers like Volkswagen.
Volkswagen is headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, and has its main American facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is the largest auto manufacturer in the world and the parent company to luxury and performance car brands Porsche, Audi, Bugatti, Bently, and Lamborghini. In addition to manufacturing more vehicles than any other brand, Volkswagen also makes more money than any other brand. In 2019, Volkswagen made a jaw-dropping $290 billion in gross sales.
In 2015, Volkswagen was at the center of an international emissions fraud scandal popularly known as “dieselgate.” It was discovered that Vowlkswagen had intentionally programmed about 11 million of its diesel vehicles to evade detection of its unlawful emissions output levels. Volkswagen agreed to pay 25 billion dollars in the U.S. alone for claims from owners, environmental regulators, states, and dealerships. Volkswagen also offered to buy back about 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. with the fraudulent programming.
In 2019, German prosecutors charged various Volskwagen executives with criminal market manipulation.
I think I have a lemon. What do I do now?
Under California’s Lemon Law, if you’ve given an automaker a “reasonable number of attempts” to repair your vehicle but the problems persist, your car might qualify for repurchase or replacement. Big automakers like Volkswagen often try to muddy the water and re-define the analysis of Lemon Law qualification to their benefit – which is why consumers should never fight the big automakers alone! Generally speaking, as few as two (2) repair opportunities can be enough for your car to qualify. Don’t rely on Volkswagen’s evaluation of your repair history, contact the professionals at Wirtz Law today.
How Wirtz Law Can Help
Over the past 6 years, Wirtz Law has recovered more than $29,000,000 for clients like you. On average, Wirtz Law APC fights for its clients in ten jury trials a year and settles many more cases at all stages of the litigation. We consistently recover more than just a buyback for our clients, recovering both actual damages and civil penalties against the automakers and distributors. We are the firm other lawyers hire when it’s time to go to trial, and consumers hire when they want their case handled right. We are ready to fight for your rights, today!
If you have a lemon, call 1(833) 4MY – LEMON to speak with a Volkswagen lemon law attorney about your case for free.
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