SAN DIEGO – A San Diego couple has filed a suit against two vehicle manufacturers over allegations that they knowingly violated U.S. environmental law by putting a "defeat device" in its diesel-powered cars that would temporarily reduce emissions in order to pass inspection.

Katherine Draney and David Draney filed a complaint on Jan. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California against the Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Volkswagen Group of America Inc., citing breach of warranty and fraud.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they purchased a new vehicle equipped with an emissions control "defeat device" from the defendant. The plaintiff holds Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Volkswagen Group of America Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly manufactured automobiles with the device despite of the environmental laws in place to pass emissions tests.

The plaintiffs seek the following: compensation for all damages determined in trial, monetary, injunctive and equitable relief. They are represented by Stephen G. Recordon of Recordon & Recordon in San Diego.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-00843-CRB

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