Audi has reached a settlement on a class-action lawsuit over alleged defects with a continuously variable transmissions (CVT) used in thousands of Audi vehicles.
The settlement resolves a lawsuit that was originally filed in January 2011 covering owners of 2002-2006 Audi A4, A4 Cabriolet or A6 models with factory CVTs in the U.S. The lawsuit argued that there were manufacturing and design problems with the affected vehicle’s CVTs that caused the transmissions to fail and left owners having to pay for the repairs themselves. The lawsuit also accused Audi of hiding the known issue from its owners.
The German automaker denied the allegations but has agreed to reimburse owners for certain repairs and costs. The final settlement will cover about 64,000 vehicles but does not mention any wrongdoing from Audi.
Owners with certain CVT repairs occurring within 10 years or 100,000 miles are entitled to a cash reimbursement while parts for reimbursement will vary by model year. Only owners that bought or leased an affected vehicle before June 19, 2013 are covered under the settlement.
In order to receive a cash reimbursement, affected owners must fill out a claim form with supporting documents no later than November 18. In addition, Audi will be extending its new-vehicle limited warranty to cover repair or replacement of qualifying CVT parts by an authorized Audi dealer if the problem occurs within 100,000 miles or 10 years of the date of the original purchase or lease.
The settlement will also include a trade-in reimbursement for lost value on the vehicles affected but only from the 2002-2004 model years. It’s unclear as to why the 2005-2006 model year vehicles are not included.
[Source: Automotive News]
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