NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeger Weiss LLP reports that a new study by researchers at MIT and Harvard published in Environmental Research Letters found that the Volkswagen emissions malfeasance can be linked to 60 American deaths. A widespread recall was prompted after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was alerted that Volkswagen executives had lied to regulators by rigging an emissions test, violating the Clean Air Act. There are 11 million Volkswagen vehicles worldwide that will be included in the recall.
In the United States, the vehicles that violated the Clean Air Act are currently emitting between 5,800 to 14,200 additional tons of nitrogen oxide pollution each year. The report estimates that there will be additional medical costs associated with this level of pollution. The excessive emissions by the Volkswagen vehicles is linked to Americans suffering from 30 cases of chronic bronchitis, 120,000 restricted activity days, and 210,000 days of lower respiratory-system functioning.
In a statement, Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said, "Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean-air standards is illegal and a threat to public health." If the vehicles affected by the recall are not adequately fixed, it is predicted that 140 people will eventually die in the United States as a result.
The cars that were affected by the recall include:
- Jetta (model year 2009-2015)
- Beetle (model year 2009-2015)
- Golf (model years 2009-2015)
- Passat (model years 2014-2015)
- Audi (model years 2009-2015)
- A1, A3, A4, A5, & A6
If you purchased or leased a 2009-2015 model year Volkswagen or Audi from the recall list, it is important to speak to an experienced class action lawyer immediately.
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SOURCE Seeger Weiss LLP