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Seat Diesel Scandal – Frequently Asked Questions

At R James Hutcheon Solicitors we have seen a dramatic increase by Audi Owners expressing a wish to Register their interest to make a Seat Emissions Compensation Claim as a result of the scandal. Below we try to answer the most common questions but we must stress that Seat owners should not rely upon the FAQs as legal advice or guidance. If you wish to make a claim, you must Register your Seat Emissions Claim for compensation with us.

Q 1: Seat Diesel Emission Scandal – What’s it about?

A: Seat, (VW) the owner of Seat Vehicles have admitted that it had used software on certain diesel engines so as to reduce the emission output levels of its vehicles which could be construed to mislead its customers. Many of Seat’s customers purchase diesel engines due to perceived efficiency and low environmental pollution. Certain Seat diesel engines fitted to its vehicles may not live up to these claims. In time we will know the extent of scandal and will be better to advise our Seat clients of their right to compensation.

Q 2: What Seat Diesel Engines Are Affected?

A. Seat diesel engines with an EA189 engine.

Q 3: What Seat Models are affected?

A. This answer is based on the information we have to date but it appears that the following Seat models are caught up in the scandal: Generally they tend to be 1.2 Ltr, 1.6 Ltr and 2.0 Ltr vehicles sold between 2009 and 2016. The first two diesel engines will require a software upgrade whilst the 2.0 Ltr vehicles may also require new injectors to be fitted. You can check if your car is affected by clicking on the Seat recall website

Q 4: I have received an Seat Recall Letter, What Do I Do Now?

A. Follow the advice in the letter. The advice Seat offer is that there are no safety issues. On current information the recall of your Seat will take place in the early part of 2016 and the whole process could be completed in 2017. There are 1.2 m diesel vehicles in the VW Group that are affected.

Q 5: I don’t have an Seat Recall Letter, What Do I Do?

A. Not all vehicles are affected. You may get the recall letter shortly. If you wish to check if your Seat has got an EA189 engine you can do this yourself by obtaining the VIN number (see Question 6 below).

Q 6: How do I find My Seat VIN Number?

A: The VIN number checker on your Seat can be found in the following places on your Seat vehicle:

Service book

Windscreen – bottom corner – passenger side

Your Seat In car system

The VIN number is 17 digits long. Once you have found your VIN number click on the Seat VIN Checker website to see if your Seat is affected: Seat VIN checker

Q 7: Seat Diesel Compensation – What Can I Claim?

A: It is early days but the following may be possible:

Compensation for any depreciation of the vehicle as a result of the cheat software being fitted.

Increased fuel costs

Increased car tax/Company Car Tax costs

Out of pocket expenses and losses as a result of the Seat Emissions Scandal

Refund of any company car tax allowance that may be affected by the emission testing• Damages breach of contract

Damages under the Misrepresentation Act 1967

Please bear in mind each item above may or may not be claimed depending upon what evidence is produced by Seat in the coming months.

Q 8: Seat Compensation Register – What is this?

A: Due to the Seat Emissions Scandal, it is likely that in addition to the diesel engine being recalled and adjusted, compensation may be possible set out above. As there is likely to be over a million VW & Seat Customers affected, if each customer took their case to court, it will clog up the entire Legal System. Thus in consumer law cases where the numbers affected are voluminous, it is likely that, unless Seat agree to settle compensation claims fairly, “test cases” may be brought to represent all Seat customers affected. The bulk of the remaining Seat cases will be on a Group Litigation Register so when the action has been finally determined, all Seat customers on the Group Litigation Register will have their case compensated by what has been agreed in court.

Q 9: Seat Emissions Claims – Do You Offer “No Win, No Fee” Service

A: Yes, we offer a No Win No Fee Solicitor service. If the Seat Emissions Claims proceed to Court and a Group Litigation Register is required, it may also be necessary obtain insurance but this will be discussed at the appropriate time if necessary.Important DisclaimerYou should not rely upon this document for legal advice or guidance. Should you wish to take action for Compensation against Seat you must obtain independent legal advice.

October 2015

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