A class action suit against the Icelandic Volkswagen dealer Hekla is a definite possibility, according to Runólfur Ólafsson, CEO of the Icelandic Automobile Association, RÚV reports. Close to 4,000 Volkswagen cars in Iceland are equipped with faulty emission equipment. Runólfur stresses consumers must not be harmed.
The Volkswagen swindle has caught worldwide attention since it was discovered that the manufacturer had installed a piece of software in certain vehicles with diesel engines intended to allow the cars to pass emission tests while polluting more than 40 times the allowable amount. The software is in place in eleven million diesel powered vehicles worldwide.
Affected vehicles from Volkswagen in Iceland are 3,647, according to a statement from Hekla, including 1,854 Skodas, 1,129 Volkswagen passenger cars, 348 Volkswagen commercial vehicles, and 316 Audis. All those are equipped with a type EA 189 engine.
The statement from Hekla includes an apology to the general public for having misused its trust.
Fees for all these vehicles may have been underpaid and the question remains whether the scandal will affect their resale value. Some answers are expected from Volkswagen later this month.