Investigation of Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi over use of soy-based wiring susceptible to destruction by vermin

Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi drivers have complained of numerous electrical issues and failures caused by a variety of vermin gnawing, chewing and ultimately eating through the electrical wires powering these cars.  Upon information and belief the manufacturers of these vehicles use soy based sheathing on the electrical wires that attracts a wide variety of vermin such as mice, rodents, rats, squirrels and even animals as large as possums. Depending on the wires that are damaged, this may lead to a variety of problems resulting in hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in repairs.  In addition to the effect on a variety of electrical systems, which itself poses a safety hazard to drivers and vehicle occupants, these animals may carry disease and therefore pose an additional health hazard by their presence in vehicles.

Volkswagen, Porsche & Audi manufacturers are manifestly aware that use of an organic based sheathing on wiring components has attracted a variety of vermin, and caused hundreds, if not thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to affected vehicles.  Despite this knowledge, manufacturers have refused to accept responsibility for the damage and routinely reject consumer claims both in and out of warranty, placing the onus of the entire bill on the car owners.

We believe this practice is unfair and potentially actionable. If your car has been affected by this issue and you wish to discuss your legal rights and potential remedies please use the contact attorney box below.  Also, if you wish to share your story publicly, we welcome your comments below.

 

VW recalls 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles because of leaking O-ring seals that could cause fire

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, and Passat vehicles equipped with a 1.8T engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In the affected vehicles, the O-ring seals between the oil cooler and the transmission may leak fluid.

The leaking transmission fluid could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire.

Volkswagen says approximately 26,000 vehicles are effected and has agreed to notify owners, and dealers will replace the O-ring seals in the transmission oil cooler, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 16, 2014.

Volkswagen sued over defectively short design of the wiring harness in 2005-2006 Jetta vehicles

Beginning in 2005 and continuing into 2006 models, Defendant Volkswagen designed, manufactured and sold Volkswagen Jetta model vehicles with defective door wiring harnesses The wiring harness was defectively designed in that it was too short. As a result of the defectively short design of the wiring harness, it is only a matter of time before wiring harnesses in the defective Jetta Models develop a short in the electrical circuit. Indeed, many of the defective Jetta Models have already experienced problems caused by the defectively designed door wiring harness.

The problems that are experienced when the wiring harness in a defective Jetta develops a short in the electrical circuit almost always have the same or similar symptoms and are easily identified. The common experiences include a loss of some or all of the controls located on the door that contains the defective wiring harness, including failure of the power window controls, gas latch release, trunk release and power mirror controls.

As alleged, Defendant knew that the door wiring harnesses were too short at the time that they sold them to the Plaintiff and Class Members. Defendant knew it had made the wiring harnesses 80mm shorter to save costs and that this would lead to premature breaking of the wiring in the door wiring harnesses.

The class consists of all entities and natural persons who purchased a Volkswagen Jetta manufactured between January 1, 2005 to January 1, 2006.