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Discussion Forums => General Discussion => Topic started by: 92UrS4 on July 22, 2008, 07:35:19 AM

Title: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: 92UrS4 on July 22, 2008, 07:35:19 AM
Not sure how many of you received this notice in the mail. I threw mine away after reading it.

If you didn't get it....this is what it is in summary:

A class action lawsuit basically stating that VW/Audi did not make the equipment available to encode keys for pre 2004 models. Meaning you could only get your key programmed by the dealer which in turn created price gouging and an unfair market practice.

The lawsuit settlement asks that VW/Audi make this equipment readily available for purchase by locksmiths and other like businesses, allow them a dedicated phone line connection for retrieving key codes until at least 2013.

As far as I could tell I could ask to be a part of or not be a part of the lawsuit. In theory I fell under this in two regards, my B5 Passat and C5 A6, neither of which I had to replace keys on.

According to the document, VW/Audi of course claims the equipment was always available. I'm sure it is very costly and most locksmiths wouldn't want to front that money.

Considering the settlement is to just ensure VW/Audi makes the equipment available and to support it I didn't really care to save it or get excited..
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: 92UrS4 on July 22, 2008, 07:36:20 AM
I guess I forgot to add the idea here would be that competitors could make key FOBs as well and market them for cheaper than the factory ones. They just can;t do it without the codes.
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: jayryan on July 22, 2008, 07:40:01 AM
I got mine yesterday. I read through the whole thing. Sounds like someone got miffed because they thought they paid too much to have VWoA reprogram/program their keys.

YOU HAVE TO OPT OUT

You are automatically a part of the lawsuit unless you respond in writing to the Judge's office (address included) that you want to be EXCLUDED from the lawsuit.
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: 92UrS4 on July 22, 2008, 07:55:06 AM
I guess I am included, just means I can't sue them again over it. ;)
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: SweetVW on July 22, 2008, 08:13:41 AM
Yup, I got it over the weekend too for both the GTI and Passat.
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: KWilson on July 22, 2008, 08:51:37 AM
I threw mine away as well after wasting my time reading almost the entire thing.
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: ianacole on July 22, 2008, 09:35:08 AM
I threw mine away as well after wasting my time reading almost the entire thing.

Exactly what I did with mine as well...complete waste of time.  ::)
Title: Re: Class Action Lawsuit against VW and Audi over Key FOBs
Post by: Eric18T on July 22, 2008, 04:33:48 PM
Exactly what I did with mine as well...complete waste of time.  ::)

yep we threw both of ours away too. amazing what some people sue over.