Volkswagen has agreed to pay $57 million to settle a VW suspension class action lawsuit claiming that the company sold defective vehicles.
The VW suspension defect class action settlement benefits current or former owners and lessees of model year 2009 through 2017 Volkswagen CC vehicles.
The VW suspension class action lawsuit was filed by 16 customers who claimed that their Volkswagen CC vehicles possessed a suspension alignment problem that caused premature wear and tear on the tires.
According to the drivers, Volkswagen was aware of the problem but did not attempt to fix it, and represented the vehicle as free from defects.
Allegedly, Volkswagen charged drivers out-of-pocket to fix the problem. The Volkswagen suspension class action lawsuit went on to claim that the problem could not be solved by replacing the tires, as Volkswagen recommended to consumers.
Many of the drivers’ allegations were dismissed in September 2018, after a judge deemed several of the drivers’ arguments around limitation periods insufficient.
In agreeing to end the suspension problems class action lawsuit in a $57 million settlement, Volkswagen has not admitted wrongdoing. Rather, the company has agreed to settle to avoid the costs of continuing to litigate.
Class Members who submit valid claims with required supporting documentation may be eligible for reimbursement for some out-of-pocket tire expenses. These expenses must have occurred within 35,000 miles of use of the replaced tire.
Class Members are limited to a maximum of $209 for each qualifying 235/45R17 replacement tire and $245 for each qualifying 235/40R18 replacement tire.
Additional reimbursement of up to $56 per rotation is also available for expenses incurred within 9,000 miles of tire replacement. Two free tire rotations from an authorized Volkswagen dealer may also be available for current owners and lessees.
The deadline to submit a claim is April 25, 2020. Customers must support their claim for compensation with supporting documentation, such as repair records, receipts, proof of payment, and proof of compliance with maintenance requirements.
The deadline for exclusion and objection is Dec. 30, 2019. The final approval hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27, 2020.
Current or former owners and lessees of 2009 through 2017 model year Volkswagen CC vehicles.
Reimbursement for out-of-pocket tire expenses which occurred within 35,000 miles of use of the replaced tire. Up to $209 for each qualifying 235/45R17 replacement tire and up to $245 for each qualifying 235/40R18 replacement tire. Additional reimbursement of up to $56 per tire rotation for expenses incurred within 9,000 miles of tire replacement.
Two free tire rotations from an authorized Volkswagen dealer.
Proof of Purchase
Supporting documentation of repair expenses (repair records, receipts, proof of payment, proof of compliance with maintenance requirements, etc.)
NOTE: If you do not qualify for this settlement do NOT file a claim.
Remember: you are submitting your claim under penalty of perjury. You are also harming other eligible Class Members by submitting a fraudulent claim. If you’re unsure if you qualify, please read the FAQ section of the Settlement Administrator’s website to ensure you meet all standards (Top Class Actions is not a Settlement Administrator). If you don’t qualify for this settlement, check out our database of other open class action settlements you may be eligible for.
Claim Form Deadline
Wilson, et al. v. Volkswagen Group of America Inc., et al., Case No. 1:17-cv-23033, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
UPDATE: The VW Suspension Defect Class Action Settlement was granted final approval on January 28, 2020. Please note that claims will not be paid until after the claim deadline passes. Top Class Actions will continue to provide updates as we learn more.
Wilson v. Volkswagen
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