USA Today | Nathan Borney
A solid majority of Volkswagen diesel car owners affected by the German automaker’s emissions scandal appear ready to accept settlements.
Of approximately 475,000 U.S. owners of the 2-liter diesel cars fitted with bogus software to cheat emissions standards, 311,209 have registered for the settlement offer, according to a court filing Friday.
Only 3,298 Volkswagen owners opted out of the deal, thus preserving their right to sue the automaker or pursue some other avenue, according to a filing by attorneys representing the class-action group of consumers who sued Volkswagen Group over the scandal.
“There is resounding support for this consumer class settlement and the substantial benefits it provides," VW consumer class-action attorney Elizabeth Cabraser said in a statement.
Anyone who did not respond by the Sept. 16 deadline remains eligible for a buy back or a payout and a recall fix, but missed the deadline to opt out completely.