1993-2003 VW Window Regulator Settlement


Stueve Siegel Hanson was co-lead counsel in a nationwide class action against Volkswagen for defective window regulators installed on nearly 1 million vehicles including 1999-2003 model year VW Golf, GTI and Jetta and 1998-2003 model year VW Beetle. Under the settlement agreement VW agreed to (1) reimburse all expenses incurred by VW owners in the past related to replacing the defective window regulators, (2) install a redesigned metal window regulator replacing any failed window regulators (which used plastic components) under an extended warranty, (3) extend the warranty for all four window regulators at issue to 7 years from the date of the car purchase. The settlement also required VW to direct mail the notice of settlement to nearly 1 million customers as well as publish a summary notice in USA Today and incur all administrative costs in for processing the extended warranty and reimbursement claims. The value of the settlement including the replacement costs and extended warranty could exceed $50,000,000.00. Patrick Stueve and Todd Hilton were the lead lawyers on this case and continue to pursue VW for defective window regulators on other VW vehicles with a similar defective window regulator design.

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