Settlement Reached in Volkswagen Jetta Defective Spoiler Class Action Lawsuit
A preliminary settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen Jetta over claims that the front spoilers on certain Volkswagen Jetta vehicles sold between 1999 and 2002 were defectively designed. The class action lawsuit alleged that the front bumper cover and its related components, including the front spoiler, could be damaged when backed off a parking barrier, or driven onto or over a curb or other obstacle, and that therefore the car’s design failed to reasonably anticipate contact with the undercarriage by such obstacles.
Volkswagen denies the allegations, but has decided to settle the class action lawsuit, entitled Rajina Hess and Kelly Parsons, et al. v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., to avoid further litigation. Under the terms of the settlement, Volkswagen has agreed to reimburse all current and former owners and lessees of at least one model year 1999-2001 Volkswagen Jetta IV vehicle, or a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta IV vehicle with a vehicle identification number (VIN) up to and including 3VW_9M_2M099360 (sedan) or WVW_1J_2W693058 (wagon), the repair and replacement costs of the defective spoiler in an amount up to $140, provided that no repair had been performed on the Bumper Cover of the Settlement Class Vehicle, and the spoiler damage occurred no more than five years after the Settlement Class Vehicle was originally sold.
Once the settlement is approved by the Court, class members who submit a claim form with a receipt or other proof of expenses by November 14, 2012 will be eligible to participate in the settlement. Anyone who wants to object or exclude themselves from the settlement must do so by October 17, 2012. The final Fairness Hearing is scheduled for November 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. in in the Pottawatomie County District Court, 325 North Broadway, Shawnee, Oklahoma, 74801.
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