EPA Questions Mercedes Over BlueTEC Diesel Emissions

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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.

What’s the problem?

March 1, 2016 – EPA’s request follows a class action lawsuit filed last month alleging that at least 14 Mercedes BlueTEC diesel models (ML320, ML 350, GL320, S350, E320, R320, E-Class, GL Class, ML-Class, R Class, S-Class, GLK-Class, GLE-Class and Sprinter) were fitted with technology that allows the vehicles to emit illegal levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) while simultaneously concealing this mechanism from regulators.

“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.”

The class action compared Mercedes’ problem to the scandal that rocked German rival Volkswagen AG, which has faced a torrent of criticism and government probes after acknowledging that it installed “defeat device” software to circumvent emissions testing on approximately 11 million cars worldwide.

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