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VW Buyers Eligible For Settlement Funds Look For Notice

2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Engine
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2015 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

Arizonans who bought a Volkswagon manufactured between 2009 through 2015 should start checking their mailboxes for a settlement form worth up to $1,000.

The Arizona Attorney General's office announced buyers who purchased specific new or used VW autos from dealerships will have 90 days to return the forms.

11,000 Arizonans were identified under the state's consumer protection claim against Volkswagen, which AG spokesperson Ryan Anderson said deliberately deceived buyers when the company marketed higher priced autos as cleaner emission models.

He conceded that companies often make mistakes, but explained, "this wasn't human error. This was a widespread attempt to deceive consumers that started at the top up with leadership. Individuals and corporations need to be held accountable."

The settlement is separate from similar state settlements as well as a national lawsuit won by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

In all, Volkswagen has had to pay nearly $13 billion in penalties for programming cars to deceive pollution emissions testing.

However, not everyone who bought one of the affected vehicles will get a check.

Those who bought new vehicles from VW dealers are eligible, as are those who bought used vehicles from company dealerships. But others with used cars they bought elsewhere are out of luck.

Anderson said while the claims administrator should have found everyone eligible, some may have fallen through the cracks, particularly those people who have moved and whose mail is no longer being forwarded.

He said information about contacting the administrator is available on the office's web site.

Here's a list of the affected vehicles and model years as noted by the Attorney General's Office:

2.0 liter engines

  • 2009 through 2015 VW Jetta
  • 2009 through 2014 VW Jetta Sportwagen
  • 2010 through 2013 and 2015 Audi A3
  • 2012 through 2015 VW Passat
  • 2013 through 2015 VW Beetle and VW Beetle convertible

3.0 liter engines

  • 2009 through 2014 VW Touareg and Audi Q7
  • 2013 and 2014 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
  • 2014 Audi A6 Quattro, Audi A7 Quattro, Audi A8L, Audi Q5.
Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.