It is now common knowledge that the VW Group in particular was affected by the diesel scandal. What is new is that camp mobiles are also affected by the diesel scandal.

As far as is currently known, it is mainly camp mobiles based on Fiat Ducato models built between 2014 and 2019 that may be affected, as well as those of the sister brand IVECO. This means that the exhaust gases actually emitted exceed the legally permitted limits, in some cases many times over. The future will show whether other models are affected.

Compensation of several thousand euros can be obtained on a case-by-case basis.

The law of the European Union (EU regulation 715/2007) – which is directly applicable in the member states – sets certain limits on how many pollutants a vehicle may emit at most. This means that it is legally prescribed how many and which exhaust gases a vehicle may release through the exhaust. In order to comply with these emission limits, the car industry often installs emission control systems (defeat devices) in vehicles which regulate the emission of exhaust gases. However, defeat devices that lead to higher exhaust emissions are generally prohibited.

Only recently, the European Court of Justice confirmed that this practice of the car industry is illegal (Case C-693/18). The German Federal Court of Justice has already awarded compensation to car buyers in several cases. The consequence of an illegal defeat device is that the registration of the vehicle may be withdrawn. The resale value of the vehicle may also drop significantly.

The elimination of the inadmissible defeat devices by means of software updates is often just a fairy tale of the car industry. There are good reasons to believe that the software update itself constitutes an illegal defeat device. The wear and tear on the vehicle is usually increased and fuel consumption often rises, combined with a loss of performance.

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