Diesel engines have been a popular choice among motorists for decades. In the past, they were viewed as an efficient and cost-saving option for those on the move constantly. However, with advancements in technology, the effect of diesel emissions on the environment has come to light.
One of the most significant cases of diesel emissions fraud was the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal. The car manufacturer was caught rigging diesel emission tests, leading to the loss of billions of dollars, widespread recalls, and many legal cases.
BMW, another German car manufacturer, became embroiled in similar allegations, leading to a class-action lawsuit in the United Kingdom.
What Are Diesel Emissions?
Diesel engines use compression ignition, meaning that the air-fuel mixture is ignited by high temperatures and pressures instead of a spark plug. This combustion process generates power and emits a range of pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulphur oxides.
Particulate matter comprises tiny particles and liquid droplets that can penetrate the lungs, leading to respiratory problems. Nitrogen and sulphur oxides can harm human health and the environment, leading to acid rain, smog, and global warming.
These emissions are regulated by governments worldwide, with limits set for each pollutant. However, diesel manufacturers have been caught cheating emissions tests, leading to greater pollution levels than allowed by the regulations.
What Is Dieselgate?
Dieselgate refers to an emissions scandal involving Volkswagen, in which the car manufacturer installed illegal software in their diesel engines to cheat emissions tests. The software recognized when the car was being tested and reduced emissions, but once on the road, the engines emitted pollutants up to 40 times higher than allowed. The scandal has had far-reaching consequences, resulting in billions of dollars in fines and compensation, and many diesel claims worldwide.
BMW Emission Claims
BMW has also come under scrutiny for its diesel engines. The German carmaker is accused of cheating in the United States and Europe emissions tests. In 2018, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) ordered BMW to recall 11,000 cars fitted with the wrong software to manipulate emissions, which led to a public backlash. BMW took the recall notice seriously and cooperated with the KBA. The car manufacturer also conducted an internal investigation and published a statement on the findings. BMW concluded that there was no intention to manipulate emission values or breach regulatory requirements.
The company’s diesel engines have been under scrutiny due to BMW emissions issues. The company has not admitted any wrongdoing, but allegations about its diesel engines’ software reducing emissions in testing conditions have arisen. This has led to a compensation claim against BMW in the UK.
The BMW Group UK, responsible for BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce sales and marketing in the UK, is facing a class-action lawsuit against it, led by Leigh Day law firm, claiming that thousands, if not millions, of BMW diesel vehicles produce higher emissions than permitted. BMW has not confirmed any wrongdoing and believes its vehicles have adhered to all applicable testing and legal requirements.
Which Vehicles Are Eligible?
The claim covers any BMW diesel vehicle made from 2009, including popular models such as the 1 Series, 3 Series, and 5 Series. The law firm states that the vehicles’ emissions go above what is permitted by EU and UK emission regulations and that the cost of repairing or replacing the emission control system is substantial.
The compensation claim is attempting to seek compensation for the vehicles’ extra costs; it is not seeking compensation for any personal injury or damage to property caused by the alleged excess emissions.
What Does It Mean for BMW Drivers?
Affected BMW vehicle owners and lessees may be able to claim compensation for losses, including depreciation in the value of the car and increased fuel costs. One option for those pursuing a claim against BMW is joining a group action lawsuit. These lawsuits combine the claims of several individuals into one lawsuit, increasing the chances of success and potentially reducing the cost of legal fees.
Checking your eligibility is easy. Head to Emissions.co.uk and submit the information needed. You must also provide evidence that your car’s emissions are higher than advertised. This can be done by obtaining an emissions test from an independent testing facility.
Please note that the diesel claims process can be intricate and time-consuming. Therefore, it’s recommended that you seek legal advice from a reputable solicitor specialising in consumer law.
BMW’s involvement in the diesel emissions scandal is a warning to all automakers to ensure that their cars comply with all relevant emissions regulations and are transparent about their emissions. It is also a reminder to consumers to be aware of the potential impact that emissions scandals can have on their cars’ resale values and to consider the environmental impact of their vehicles when making purchasing decisions.