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Leigh Day is investigating a potential group claim against Vauxhall over an alleged ‘cheat device’ fitted on some of their diesel vehicles artificially reducing emissions to pass EU tests.

Monitoring shows that when the vehicles are driven on the road, they emit many times more levels of toxic NOx gases than under test conditions.

This is extremely damaging, as increased levels of NOx contribute to air pollution which is reported to be the largest environmental risk to UK public health and is linked to as many as 64,000 early deaths a year.

The claims are being investigated on behalf of people who leased or owned Vauxhall diesel vehicles. The claims could be worth up to 75% of the purchase price of the vehicle for each owner.

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What is the Vauxhall emissions scandal?

In October 2018, the German Federal Motor transport Authority (KBA) identified the presence of inadmissible defeat devices in a number of Vauxhall vehicles and found that “[due to these devices] increased NOx emissions can occur when the vehicles are in operation”. As a result, the KBA ordered a mandatory recall in Germany.

Despite this however there has still not been a recall in the UK. As a result of this there are tens of thousands of unlawfully polluting vehicles still on the roads in the UK.

We believe that owners of the affected vehicles should be compensated because they were mis-sold these vehicles, which were advertised as being more environmentally friendly with lower NOx emissions. Increased levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide emissions are harmful to the environment and to the health of children and adults.

We are fighting for compensation on behalf of owners of Vauxhall vehicles who we believe were deliberately misled over the environmental performance of their vehicles.

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Why choose Leigh Day?

Leigh Day is widely regarded as one of the leading law firms specialising in environmental work. We are at the forefront of the fight against climate change in the courts, pushing the Government to take into account the more ambitious CO2 reduction targets under the Paris Agreement, as well as applying pressure on local authorities to have regard to the climate change impact of the decisions they make about everyday services.

We are committed to holding large corporations who profit at the expense of individuals and the environment to account.

We will be bringing these claims on a 'No Win-No Fee' basis. This means that we will only deduct up to 35% (inclusive of VAT) of your damages if the claim is successful, but if the claim is lost you will not have to pay anything. This is a significantly lower fee than many firms and claims management companies who will charge up to 50% of your damages for the same claim.

Our success fee, the insurance premium and the funders’ fees will never be more than 35% of your damages, irrespective of the number of claimants within the group.

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Leading experts in vehicles emissions group claims

Leigh Day is joint-lead law firm in the emissions litigation on behalf of UK Volkswagen owners, who recently won the first round of their emissions case against Volkswagen in the UK High Court.

In April 2020 the High Court in London found that the decision by the KBA, the German road vehicle authority, that the software was a ‘defeat device’ was binding in the English High Court.

We have also been instructed by thousands of owners of Mercedes, Renault and Nissan vehicles to pursue emissions claims against those manufacturers.

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