Crandell v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

Civil Action No. 2:18-cv-13377

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

A class action settlement, known as Crandell v. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., Civil Action No. 2:18-cv-13377, was granted preliminary approval by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey on June 8, 2021. The Court held a Final Fairness Hearing on December 10, 2021 before Magistrate Judge Jessica S. Allen. Following the hearing, the Court entered a Final Approval Order and Judgment.

This class action lawsuit was filed alleging claims concerning the drain valves in the engine air intake systems of certain 2015, 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Touareg vehicles. Volkswagen has denied the claims, and maintains that the Settlement Class Vehicles are not defective, that they function in a proper manner, that no applicable warranties were breached or statutes violated, and that no wrongdoing occurred with respect to the Settlement Class Vehicles’ engine air intake systems. The Court has not decided in favor of Plaintiffs or Defendants. Instead, both sides agreed to a Settlement with no decision or admission of who is right or wrong. Class Counsel represent Plaintiffs and all other Settlement Class Members, and believe that the Settlement provides substantial benefits and serves the interests of the Settlement Class.

This website features more information about the lawsuit and the proposed Settlement, including Settlement Class Members’ rights and options, the benefits available under the Settlement, important dates and deadlines, frequently asked questions, and important case documents.

Settlement Class Vehicles

The vehicles involved in the Settlement – called "Settlement Class Vehicles" – include 2015, 2016 and 2017 Volkswagen Touareg vehicles that were distributed by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., or “VWGoA”, in the United States or Puerto Rico.

The Settlement Class includes:

All persons or entities who purchased or leased a Settlement Class Vehicle in the United States of America and Puerto Rico.

Excluded from the Settlement Class are (a) all Judges who have presided over the Action and their spouses; (b) all current employees, officers, directors, agents, and representatives of Defendants, and their family members; (c) any affiliate, parent, or subsidiary of Defendants and any entity in which Defendants have a controlling interest; (d) anyone acting as a used car dealer; (e) anyone who purchased a Settlement Class Vehicle for the purpose of commercial resale; (f) anyone who purchased a Settlement Class Vehicle with salvaged title and/or any insurance company who acquired a Settlement Class Vehicle as a result of a total loss; (g) any insurer of a Settlement Class Vehicle; (h) issuers of extended vehicle warranties and service contracts; (i) any Settlement Class Member who, prior to the date of final approval of the settlement, settled with and released Defendants or any Released Parties from any Released Claims; and (j) any Settlement Class Member who files a timely and proper Request for Exclusion from the Settlement Class.

Class Members' Legal Rights and Options



If eligible, Settlement Class Members may submit a completed and signed Claim Form along with any required supporting documentation for reimbursement for past qualifying out-of-pocket expenses incurred and paid prior to September 7, 2021. Your claim must be submitted by U.S. First-Class Mail and postmarked by January 5, 2022.


Per the terms of the Court-approved Settlement Agreement, the deadline to exclude yourself is a postmark deadline of October 7, 2021.


Per the terms of the Court-approved Settlement Agreement, the deadline to object is a Court-filing or U.S. First-Class Mail postmark of October 7, 2021.


If you do nothing, you will be bound by the Settlement if the Court approves it.