Why join the claim?
NOx is a pollutant which has been linked to diseases including childhood asthma. Recent reports have also indicated a link between those living in areas with poor air quality and people suffering the most severe Covid-19 symptoms.
NOx emissions from vehicles tend to be closely related to other emissions, including greenhouse gasses like CO2, and soot. It is difficult to reduce NOx levels without increasing levels of these other harmful emissions. Manufacturers has already been ordered to recall and ‘fix’ hundreds of thousands of cars throughout Europe. Potential adverse effects of this measure are not yet known.
Manufacturers have chosen the cheaper route to emissions compliance: they could have engineered their way to a solution, and provided vehicles which were suitable for use in our towns and cities, but instead they appear to have cheated.
Consumers could be entitled to thousands of pounds of compensation, if the claims succeed. In some cases damages could be higher. Consumer legislation in the UK provides that in cases where customers have been misled, it is possible to recover a percentage of the purchase price of the product. If the misleading behaviour is deemed to be ‘more than minor’ then the compensation is set at 25%.
Who can join the claim?
In short, anybody who has bought or leased a ‘Euro 5’ or ‘Euro 6’* diesel engine vehicle in England or Wales manufactured by one of the following manufacturers: Audi, BMW, Citroën, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Vauxhall, Volvo.
*Almost all diesel vehicles sold since 2009 will be ‘Euro 5’ or ‘Euro 6’.