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VW New Beetle Defective Transmission Class Action Lawsuit
By Matt O’Donnell
UPDATE 6/17/13: A federal judge dismissed the VW New Beetle Defective Transmission Class Action Lawsuit in February. Despite tossing the lead plaintiff’s claims, the judge said the co-plaintiffs could pursue a class action lawsuit in their home states of California and Louisiana. Top Class Actions reached out for comment from the law firm representing the plaintiffs to see if they plan on filing an amended complaint. Our request was not returned. We will update you as soon as we get new information on if a new class action lawsuit will be filed.
A federal class action lawsuit claims the 2003-2007 Volkswagen New Beetle has a defective Tiptronic automatic transmission that the automaker refuses to deal with, leaving owners in the lurch with either an expensive repair bill or malfunctioning vehicle.
According to Volkswagen New Beetle class action lawsuit, the transmission defect causes it to malfunction and require replacement, forcing vehicle owners to pay expensive repair charges and leaving them with a malfunctioning vehicle. The class action lawsuit claims Volkswagen has been aware of the defect, but at first chose to ignore it “and shirked all responsibility.”
“When the clamor of affected vehicle owners grew, Volkswagen eventually agreed to extend the warranty but only for the valve body of the transmission for the subject vehicles. This warranty extension, however, is of little use because it does not cover any damage to the vehicle’s transmission which, as a direct result of the defective transmission valve body, fails and needs replacement at a cost of several thousands of dollars,” the VW New Beetle class action lawsuit states.
“In effect, Volkswagen’s offer to extend the warranty but to limit that extended coverage only to the transmission’s valve body while washing its hands of any liability for the resultant damage to the transmission itself, is tantamount to relying on the proverbial ‘finger in the dike’ approach to dealing (or refusing to deal) with the defects prevalent in VW’s transmission.”
The VW Beetle defective transmission class action lawsuit is brought on behalf of all owners and lessees of a model year 2003-2007 Volkswagen New Beetle within the United States equipped with a Tiptronic automatic transmission. It is seeking damages and restitution for Class Members to reimburse them for their out-of-pocket expenses as well as a Court Order requiring Volkswagen to pay to repair the defective transmissions if Class Members have not done so already.
A copy of the Volkswagen New Beetle Defective Transmission Class Action Lawsuit
can be read here
The case is Shirley J. White v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Case No. 11-cv-2243, U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas.
Updated June 17th, 2013
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