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Sydney Law Firm Not To Proceed Against VW

An Australian law firm in Sydney has said it will not pursue  a class action against German car-maker Volkswagen.


ABC reports that scores of Volkswagen drivers contacted the ABC after a coronial inquest into the death of a Melbourne woman heard her Volkswagen suddenly lost power.

Melissa Ryan’s car was hit from behind by a truck on a freeway two years ago.

The inquest sparked complaints from owners whose cars have also cut out or stopped on busy roads, allegedly due to a faulty gearbox in a number of models.

Volkswagen has recalled about 30,000 cars in Australia following similar recalls in China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Its Australian recall covers Jetta, Golf, Polo, Passat and Caddy models manufactured between June 2008 and September 2011.

Saunders and Saunders Legal had been assessing a possible class action for drivers in Australia.

Lawyer Brett Saunders has supplied the ABC with a statement on the firm’s decision not to proceed with the class action.

“Without commenting on the merits of any possible claim by any class of owners against Volkswagen, our firm has determined not to act for owners in a class action at this stage,” the statement said.

“Many owners have expressed the hope that the current recall will address the issues experienced with their vehicles. The firm will continue to monitor the implementation of the recall.”

It is understood more than 100 drivers had raised concerns with the firm.

It is unclear whether drivers are still pursuing a separate class action through another legal firm.

The Victorian coroner will hand down the finding into Ms Ryan’s death next week.

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