The Dieselgate scandal makes unexpected victims. Cleared by the German authorities in the diesel emissions scandal, Mercedes is now targeted by a lawsuit over the same issue by its own customers.
The lawsuit filed by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro brings into dispute independent testing showing the nitrogen oxide emissions levels of diesel engines sold by Mercedes in the United States were 4.5 to 30.8 times higher than the legal limit.
The law firm representing Mercedes owners in no less than 13 different U.S. states has already filed a whopping 172-page file stating 43 counts of misconduct, serious allegations ranging from fraud, violations of a several state-specific consumer protection acts, false advertising, unfair trade practices and even breach of contract.
One detail that certainly picqued Daimler’s interest was the claim that not only the company’s diesel engines were dirtier than they’re supposed to be, but they’re also using a defeat device similar to that of fellow German VW firm, all in its goal to go around the current U.S. emissions controls. According to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, this can be the only explanation for the baffling real-world test results.
Contrary to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro’s claims, though, a final report released by the German authorities and their kBA road safety agency concluded that Mercedes is not part of the Dieselgate scandal, with Volkswagen stated as the only automaker to use a defeat device on its cars.
Mercedes quickly reacted to the Hagens Berman’s allegations, releasing a short but pretty straight forward official statement via CNBC: “We consider this class action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”