Manufacturers knowingly sold cars that breached emissions limits in real world conditions
You could be entitled to compensation
“Air pollution causes some 40,000 deaths in the UK every year.”Royal College of Physicians: Every Breath We Take, the lifelong impact of air pollution
“600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air in 2016 alone.”The World Health Organisation
“This claim is intended to bring these problems to light and give a new impetus to manufacturers, regulators and purchasers to introduce new, clean vehicles that can be used safely for years to come.”Damon Parker, Managing Partner
Are you eligible?
Harcus Parker is acting on behalf of owners of diesel vehicles who feel let down. Many consumers unknowingly bought cars or vans that were fitted with unlawful defeat devices allowing them to cheat emissions tests. We are fighting to help secure you compensation.
What is the claim about?
We are bringing a legal case on behalf of people whose cars breached NOx emission standards. We are holding car manufacturers to account where we believe they cheated emissions tests using defeat devices.
Exhaust emissions are harmful to the environment. Diesel emissions contain harmful nitrogen oxides and particulate matter which harm human health. In addition, they also contain greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. All these emissions contribute to global warming.Join the claim
WHAT IS NOx? WHY IS IT BAD?
NOx contains both Nitrogen Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide. NOx contributes to various respiratory diseases and some cancers. Pollution from cars is the largest contributor to NOx in the air. Reports estimate that around 40,000 deaths each year are caused by air pollution. In addition, individuals exposed to poor air quality are more likely to suffer from severe Covid-19 symptoms.Join the claim
WHAT ARE DEFEAT DEVICES?
Defeat devices allow cars to turn down their emissions control system outside laboratory test conditions i.e. when the cars are driven in the real world. The result is that the cars appear to pass emissions test but emit many times the regulated limits of NOx emissions when driven in normal use. Defeat devices have misled regulators into approving cars as being fit for sale, when in fact they were not.
Are the claims the same as Volkswagen Group?
In 2015, VW admitted to fitting defeat devices to more than 11 million vehicles. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found VW cars cheated emissions tests. VW incurred €29 billion ($33 billion) in regulatory fines, compensation and buyback schemes.
The defeat device used by Volkswagen detected when an emissions test was being conducted and operated the car in a low emissions mode. The defeat device technology used by manufacturers varies, but the claims will be similar.
Which manufacturers use defeat devices?
Nearly all major manufacturers.
A European committee launched following “dieselgate” concluded that most major car manufacturers rely on regulatory exemptions to justify defeat devices. However, regulatory exemptions are not loopholes to be exploited. We intend to challenge the lawfulness of manufacturers actions.
Here at Harcus Parker, we want to help consumers claim compensation. Manufacturers have sold consumers cars which are not legally fit to be driven on UK roads. We believe people have overpaid for these vehicles.
We want manufacturers to cut harmful vehicle emissions. We hope to hold manufacturers to account for breaching their legal and moral responsibilities. NOx and particulate matter harms you and the environment. Whilst manufacturers are switching from fossil fuels to alternative fuels and investing in electric cars, the harm already done cannot be undone.
Join us in our group legal action today.Join the claim
WHICH MANUFACTURERS ARE AFFECTED?
We have seen evidence which suggests that almost the entire car industry have in some way tricked regulators over their emissions. Harcus Parker are currently investigating claims against the following manufacturers:
If you have owned or leased a diesel car or motor vehicle fitted with a diesel engine in the UK, manufactured between 2009 and 2019, by any of the above manufacturers, you could claim thousands of pounds of compensation.
How do I claim?
You can join the claim by completing our client questionnaire which can be found here.
Harcus Parker will act on a no-win, no-fee basis, and will pay any third-party costs necessary to progress the claims to trial.