A proposed class action lawsuit filed in California in April against Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. has been transferred to federal court.
The 24-page lawsuit centers on two technology systems found in 2016- and 2017-model Volkswagens: the Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems. According to the case, neither system works properly for the vehicles at speeds above 25 miles per hour. As a result of Volkswagen’s intentional misrepresentations, vehicles containing the safety systems are not only “less valuable than the price for which they were sold,” but place drivers, passengers and the general public in considerable danger, the suit claims.
The lawsuit lists the following VW vehicle models as suffering from the alleged safety systems defect:
2016 Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, e-Golf and Golf SportWagen;
“Because of Volkswagen's illegal conduct, Volkswagen deceitfully sold every proposed Class Vehicle to consumers based on knowingly false representations concerning the actual safety features available and standard on the Class Vehicles. Volkswagen's widespread advertising based on the existence of these safety features in the Class Vehicles was also false and misleading.”