Will Gendron
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Published
June 12, 2024 6:08 AM
Updated
July 24, 2024
Volkswagen $2,250,000 AEB System Defects Settlement
Settlement Open for Claims
Award:
75% reimbursement
Deadline:
July 15, 2024
SUBMIT CLAIM

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has agreed to pay $2,250,000 to settle a class action lawsuit for alleged defects or deficiencies in the automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems of certain Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. The settlement offers various benefits to current and past owners or lessees of the affected vehicles.

Who Benefits?: Current or past owners or lessees of specific Volkswagen and Audi models equipped with AEB systems.

How much can I get?: Eligible class members can receive up to 75% reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket expenses or a warranty extension covering 75% of the cost of repairs.

Important Dates

  • Deadline to File a Claim: July 15, 2024
  • Fairness Hearing: July 17, 2024

Can I Claim an Award?

The settlement class includes all persons or entities who purchased or leased a Settlement Class Vehicle in the United States or Puerto Rico. The specific models and model years covered are determined by Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). You can check if your vehicle is included by entering your VIN in the VIN Lookup Portal on the official settlement website.

What Can I Claim?

The settlement provides several benefits to eligible class members. These include additional information and education regarding the AEB systems, a warranty extension, and reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket expenses.

Effective on May 15, 2024, Volkswagen will extend its New Vehicle Limited Warranties (NVLW) applicable to the Settlement Class Vehicles to cover 75% of the cost of a diagnosed and confirmed malfunction or failure of the AEB system. This warranty extension is valid for up to twelve months or twelve thousand miles (whichever occurs first) from the expiration of the vehicle’s NVLW.

  • Warranty Extension: Covers 75% of the cost of repairs for diagnosed and confirmed malfunctions or failures of the AEB system.
  • Reimbursement: Class members who paid for a repair or replacement of the AEB system prior to May 15, 2024, and within twelve months or twelve thousand miles after the expiration of the original NVLW, can submit a claim for 75% reimbursement of the paid invoice amount for the repair or replacement, limited to one repair or replacement per vehicle.

Is Proof Required to Claim the Reward?

Yes, proof is required to claim a reward. To qualify for a claim for reimbursement of past paid and unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, class members must submit a fully completed, signed, and dated Claim Form along with supporting documentation. This documentation includes a repair invoice or record, proof of payment, and proof of ownership or lease of the vehicle at the time of the repair.

  • Repair invoice or record documenting the repair
  • Proof of payment for the repair
  • Proof of ownership or lease of the vehicle at the time of the repair

How to Claim Your Award

To claim your award, you must complete, sign under penalty of perjury, and date a Claim Form. You can download the Claim Form from the official settlement website. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the completed Claim Form for your records.

Mail the completed, signed, and dated Claim Form, along with your supporting documentation, by First-Class mail, post-marked no later than July 15, 2024, to the Claims Administrator at the address provided on the Claim Form. For more details about how to submit your claim, visit the official settlement website at .

Affected Vehicles

The settlement affects specific Volkswagen and Audi models equipped with AEB systems. However, not all listed models and years are covered in the settlement. The specific models and model years covered are determined by Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). You can check if your vehicle is included by entering your VIN in the VIN Lookup Portal on the official settlement website.

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

$2,250,000 Settlement Fund

The settlement amount for this class action lawsuit is $2,250,000. This amount will be used to provide the benefits described above to eligible class members, including the warranty extension and reimbursement for certain out-of-pocket expenses.

The settlement amount was agreed upon by both parties to avoid the risks and costs of a trial. The Court has not decided in favor of either party. Instead, the settlement provides a resolution that offers benefits to the affected class members quickly and efficiently.

Why is There a Class Action Settlement?

The class action lawsuit was filed against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. for alleged defects or deficiencies in the automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems of certain Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. The plaintiffs claimed that these defects caused the AEB systems to not function properly.

The settlement resolves these claims without any admission of wrongdoing by Volkswagen. The Court will hold a Final Fairness Hearing on July 17, 2024, to determine whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. If approved, the settlement will provide benefits to eligible class members as described above.

Who is Excluded from the Settlement?

Excluded from the Settlement Class are:

  • All current employees, officers, directors, agents and representatives of Defendant, and their family members
  • Any affiliate, parent or subsidiary of Defendant and any entity in which Defendant has a controlling interest
  • Anyone acting as a used car dealer
  • Anyone who purchased a Settlement Class Vehicle for the purpose of commercial resale
  • Anyone who purchased a Settlement Class Vehicle with salvaged title and/or any insurance company that acquired a Settlement Class Vehicle as a result of a total loss
  • Any insurer of a Settlement Class Vehicle
  • Issuers of extended vehicle warranties and service contracts
  • Any Settlement Class Member who, prior to the date of the Agreement, settled with and released Defendant or any Released Parties from any Released Claims
  • Any Settlement Class Member who files a timely and proper Request for Exclusion from the Settlement Class.

Notice Letter

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Status
Closed
Category
Automotive
Settlement Amount
$2,250,000
Award
75% reimbursement
Is Proof Required?
Proof Required
Proof Required
Days Remaining to file Claim
Claim Deadline
July 15, 2024
Fairness Hearing
July 17, 2024
Final Approval Hearing
July 17, 2024
Case Number
4:20-cv-00615
Case Title
Emily Dack, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., et al.
State
Court
Jurisdiction
Settlement Website
https://aebsettlement.com/
Claims Administrator
AEB Settlement Claims Administrator C/O Rust Consulting Inc - 8510 PO Box 2837 Faribault, MN 55021-8641 Phone: 1-833-637-2922 Email: info@AEBsettlement.com
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