Mercedes-Benz “Clean Diesel” BlueTEC vehicles emit far more pollutants on the road than was initially disclosed to the government and as the company marketed to consumers. Owners may be eligible to file a lawsuit against Mercedes for purposefully deceiving them into purchasing a BlueTEC vehicle.
Update: EPA Questions Mercedes Over BlueTEC Diesel Emissions
March 1, 2016 – After a lawsuit accused Mercedes-Benz of installing emissions-cheating technology on its BlueTEC diesel models, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested emissions data from the automaker. According to Reuters, the move does not signal an official EPA investigation into the matter, but only that the agency has requested information to explain emissions levels in some of its automobiles.
“We know about the lawsuit,” said EPA spokeswoman Julia Valentine. “We have contacted Mercedes and requested the test results for the U.S. diesel engines.”
What’s the Problem?
February 18, 2016 – An owner of a Mercedes BlueTEC diesel car filed a class action lawsuit today, accusing the automaker of knowingly programming its Clean Diesel vehicles to emit nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels up to 65 times higher than those permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when operating in temperatures below 50° Fahrenheit. The allegations were made in part on an article appearing in this month’s Der Spiegel which reported that Mercedes admitted the shut-off was installed to protect the engine, according to the complaint.
Diesel auto manufacturers have been in the spotlight since Volkswagen admitted in September that it had rigged up to 11 million vehicles with defeat device software designed to fraud emissions testing. Daimler, the company that owns Mercedes, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Which Models are Affected?
The class action alleges that the following Mercedes BlueTEC diesel-fueled engines are affected by unlawful, unfair, deceptive and otherwise defective emission controls:
- E Class
- GLK Class
- GLE Class
- GL Class
- GL 320
- ML Class
- ML 320
- ML 350
- R Class
- S Class
The lawsuit seeks relief for owners of the affected vehicles, including injunctive relief in the form of a recall or free replacement program and restitution including either recovery of the purchase price or overpayment or diminution in value due to Mercedes’ misleading statements and omissions regarding the emission levels of its BlueTEC vehicles.