Mis-Sold Diesel Mercedes Vehicles Could Fetch £10,000 in Compensation…

by Legal Author on May 22, 2020

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Mercedes Diesel Emissions Compensation – The Background

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) found that Mercedes installed ‘defeat software’ in some diesel engines that limited emissions readings during testing misrepresenting the actual emissions during ‘real-world’ driving. The nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of the engines as a result did not comply with EU regulatory requirements.  The software, it is alleged, breached the emission levels of the EU designed to reduce pollutants into the atmosphere.

It is reported that the KBA, found that some 280,000 Mercedes-Benz C-class and E-class vehicles had been fitted with software that made them look cleaner than they were during testing, similar to what Volkswagen had done.

In 2018, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, issued a recall of 774,000 vehicles, including diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito, and GLC models, after German authorities accused the automaker of installing the software in its line of European diesels.

On June 21, 2019, KBA ordered Mercedes to recall an additional 60,000 GLK 220 model vehicles produced between 2012 and 2015. Daimler also issued a voluntary recall in 2017 of 3 million vehicles for emissions concerns. Daimler settled a government probe into selling rigged diesel cars in September 2019.

In a 2019 report by Bloomberg provided an analysis of 684,000 ‘tainted vehicles’ costing $960 Million to settle ‘Rigged Diesel-car Probe.’  A further online article by Europe Autonews advised that Frankfurt prosecutors are looking to fine Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler between 800 million and 1 billion euros for diesel related violations.  A fine of up to 5,000 euros per vehicle is being considered.  Autocar in its new article back in 2018 reported that the German transport ministry ordered Mercedes-Benz to recall to to 774,000 cars across Europe after tests found that they contained unauthorised software that can manipulate diesel exhaust emissions, mainly relating to the Vito, C-Class and GLC models, this is confirmed in The Times UK Newspaper ‘Mercedes to recall cars with ‘cheating; device.’

How to Claim Compensation Against Mercedes Diesel Emissions

What Mercedes say about their diesel engines:

However Germany’s own Motor Regulator has fined Mercedes for diesel emissions irregularity.  We are now taking action against Mercedes for compensation for misleading UK customers about their environmentally friendly engines.

Experience in Group Litigation Against Volkswagen Group/Mercedes

The ‘defeat’ software said to be installed by Mercedes-Benz Motor Company (the parent company known as Daimler-Benz) is akin to the VW Diesel Emissions Claims Scandal where VW who also own Audi, Seat and Skoda have paid out £Billions around the world in compensation for applying ‘defeat’ software to certain diesel engines to lower the nitrogen oxide (NOx) in test conditions then exceed EU Emissions Regulations out of testing.  In the UK, VW have defended claims against it for compensation for diesel emissions but has lost the first round of the Group Litigation battle in the High Court in London. For more about the VW Judgement on Diesel Emissions see the Hutcheon Law blog post Volkswagen Diesel Emissions – Victory for Car Owners.

Our firm is heavily involved in one of the largest Group Litigation claims in the UK against the VW Group and has gained extensive knowledge in running class actions that is now likely to involve Mercedes Cars and Vans that are believed to have installed the ‘defeat’ software.  The International News Organisation, Reuters confirmed that Daimler has recalled 60,000 diesel vehicles in Germany alone mainly the Mercedes GLK 220 Model sold between 2012-2015 but in total a total recall of 3 million vehicles. Be part of our the class action, Mercedes diesel compensation claims. 

If you have purchased a Mercedes diesel vehicle between 2009 and 2016 read on about making claim of up to about £10,000 or more.

Recall of Mercedes Diesel Vehicles

The KBA has ordered Mercedes to recall vehicles in Germany and Europe, approximately 670,000 vehicles are affected.  The recall affects the following vehicles:

Emission Standard Euro 6b (2018)

Vito 1.6-liter diesel (OM 622), C-Class 1.6-ltr diesel (OM 626), ML/GLE/GL/GLS 3.0-ltr diesel (OM 642), V-Class 2.2-ltr diesel (OM 651) and GLC 2.2-ltr diesel (OM 651). Some other individual models are also affected by the recall. Click here for an overview: see Daimler Recall Diesel Vehicles.

Emissions Standard Euro 5 (2019)

The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) issued an administrative order to Daimler AG on Friday evening, June 21 2019, by which the company is requested to a recall of specific variants of the model Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI 4MATIC with Euro 5 emission standard that were approved in 2011 and produced between June 2012 and June 2015.

Emissions Standard Euro 5 (Vans)

These models include Vito and Viano, and the predecessor model of the current Sprinter.  The production of teh affected vans ceased in June 2016.  Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with the Euro 5-compliant OM651 diesel engine (N1 & M1 certification) for Europe. According to the KBA, certain calibrations in the vehicle’s engine control software have to be changed.

Testing of Mercedes Vehicles NOx Emissions

The Euro 6 Emissions Standard is the latest update since standards were introduced in 1993, that came into affect in 2015, apply in Europe to all manufacturers who wish to sell motor vehicles within the market place.  The Euro 6 Emissions are there to ensure EU’s policy to curb pollution from vehicles and protect the qualify of air we breath and the environment.  Each country will require the manufactures vehicles to undergo emission tests to ensure compliance with the Euro 6 Standard before it can be registered to sell in that country.

NOx is a harmful pollutant that is often blamed for damaging the environment, and has also been proven to have serious health implications.

The emissions test is conducted in a controlled environment. The ambient temperature, vehicle fluid levels and tyre pressures are all measured to maintain consistency between tests of different models, and this ensures the test is as accurate as possible. That means all cars are tested in the same conditions and means that the emissions figures recorded for them can be compared directly to each other when you’re comparing specs between cars.

How To Claim Compensation for Mercedes Diesel Emissions

To find out more about how to claim compensation against Mercedes for diesel emissions see R. James Hutcheon Solicitors’ full guide here.

Since its foundation, R. James Hutcheon Solicitors has strengthened its core litigation capabilities dealing with personal injury, consumer disputes, sporting law and mis-selling of financial products. Combining individual needs with volume litigation experience spanning more than 20 years, the practice has forged key partnerships to deliver cost efficient legal services along with new product developments.

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