Shine Lawyers is examining claims against Audi, Skoda and Volkswagen following US class actions, alleging that several vehicles have a defective timing chain, which can cause catastrophic engine failure.
Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi vehicles that contain 1.8L and 2.0L TSI and TFSI EA888 engines manufactured between 2008 and 2012 are the vehicles that have been identified as affected.
“We believe the timing chain defect is a major safety issue for drivers. The defect can potentially cause the vehicles to stop mid-journey placing the occupants of the affected vehicles in imminent risk of danger,” said Shine’s Class Actions Expert, Vicky Antzoulatos.
Similar actions have arisen in the US District Court in New Jersey and Florida.
Vehicles believed to be affected in Australia are:
Audi 2008 – 2012 Models:
Skoda 2008 – 2012 Models:
- Octavia RS
- Skoda Superb
Volkswagen 2008 – 2012 Models:
- Golf GTi
- Golf R
“Our research indicates that there could be 300,000 of these vehicles currently on Australian roads. Many of these vehicles have already manifested the defect, but many may not have,” Ms Antzoulatos says.
“Given what we know about this issue from the US litigation, it is alarming that VW, Skoda and Audi have not sought to address this issue in Australia. They are potentially gambling with peoples’ lives. Drivers could be driving a faulty vehicle and be completely unaware of it. Drivers may also have incurred significant expenses having their vehicles repaired without being aware that the vehicles contain a major defect, being the timing chain tensioner.
We would encourage all drivers of the mentioned vehicles to register their concerns on our website,” warned Ms Antzoulatos.
To register, fill out the form below or call 13 11 99 with your concerns.
USA Litigation: In re: Volkswagen Timing Chain Product Liability Litigation
The VW and Audi vehicles are equipped with EA888 1.8L and 2.0L TSI petrol engines with engine codes CCTA or CBFA. The remaining Audi vehicles are equipped with EA888 1.8L and 2.0L TFSI engines designated with engine codes CAEB, CAEA, or CDNC. The plaintiff says all the engines with these five codes are versions of the EA888 engine and all use the same timing chain tensioning system. The affected vehicles manufactured for the Australian market are likely to have different engine codes manufactured for the US market.
The lawsuits allege Volkswagen represents in the warranty and maintenance schedules that the tensioning system is expected to last for about 120,000 miles without the need for repairs. The lawsuits say Volkswagen intentionally concealed the timing chain tensioner defects causing owners to spend a fortune to repair or replace the damaged engines. The out-of-pocket expenses can be thousands of dollars, an expense owners say they wouldn’t have to pay if Volkswagen would have admitted the truth about the defects.
It is also alleged Volkswagen knowingly concealed the defects for the purpose of increasing profit and selling cars. In addition, the lawsuit alleges Volkswagen and Audi have sent several technical service bulletins to dealers describing the problems that date back to as early as 2010.
It has also been alleged that Volkswagen has been aware of the defective nature of the timing chain tensioner for years but has failed to inform consumers of the defect and routinely blames the timing chain tensioner failure on improper maintenance. It has been further alleged that in late 2012, a production change was implemented to remedy the defect but Volkswagen failed to inform consumers of the production change.
The timing chain links the crankshaft to the camshaft and, when properly tensioned, ensures the valves and the pistons operate in sync. When the timing chain fails, the valves will begin to collide with the pistons and the engine may begin to rattle or fail to start. Eventually, an improperly tensioned timing chain will cause catastrophic engine failure.
Cost of Engine Repair
One of the lead applicants in the US proceedings incurred USD 8,800 in repair costs due to the catastrophic engine failure in their vehicle.
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Written by Shine Lawyers on . Last modified: April 26, 2018.