Worksop driver to sue Mercedes for alleged role in dieselgate scandal
In June 2018, Mercedes – along with BMW and Volkswagen – were discovered by the German Federal Motor Transport Authority for installing cheat software in their diesel engines, which limited emissions during testing, under-representing them. real emissions released on the road.
This resulted in Mercedes diesel engines failing to comply with nitrogen oxide emissions regulations.
The company was forced to recall 774,000 vehicles across Europe and owners now face the risk of paying to have their vehicles repaired to comply with emissions.
In July, the European Commission found that Daimler, BMW and the Volkswagen Group, which includes VW, Audi and Porsche, had violated antitrust rules by agreeing to avoid further progress in the development of technologies to reduce emissions of NOx from their diesel vehicles.
Helen Pilgrim, of Worksop, is working with national consumer rights law firm Slater and Gordon to file a complaint.
She said: “I was shocked to learn that Mercedes uses neutralization devices in their diesel cars and I wish all of us who have been abandoned by Mercedes receive the compensation we are owed.
“It was particularly disappointing that Mercedes had come to an agreement with other automakers to remove technology that could have reduced vehicle emissions and protected the environment.”
The claim is set to become a group litigation, with tens of thousands of affected consumers working together to hold Mercedes to account.
Gareth Pope, the claims attorney at Slater and Gordon, said: the environment while being very polluting on the road.
“As a result, our customers will allege that they were tricked into purchasing these polluting vehicles for more than they were worth.
“As part of the deception, our customers will also allege that Mercedes participated in a cartel with other German manufacturers, including Volkswagen, to suppress the development and implementation of cleaner emissions technology in order to maximize their profits. “
The affected Mercedes diesel vehicles were manufactured between 2008 and 2018, and drivers can join the claim whether they purchased their affected vehicle new or used. It is estimated that 600,000 Mercedes vehicles in the UK could have been affected, with a million potential people able to make a claim.
Residents can check if a vehicle they own, or have owned in the past, has been affected by the scandal and if they are eligible to join the claim here.
In the wake of the emissions scandal, Mercedes has recalled vehicles in order to provide them with a software update known as a “hotfix” to bring vehicles into compliance with emissions regulations.
In a survey of Slater and Gordon claimants, 25 percent of those who got the “fix” have experienced reliability issues since it was applied.
While 31.8% of those who had the “solution” lost confidence in the reliability of their car, 15% of those who had the “solution” believed their car has since become less safe.
A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson said: “We consider the claims made against our company to be unfounded and we will defend ourselves with the necessary legal means.
“Mercedes-Benz is appealing the administrative orders of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, KBA). The courts will clarify the correct interpretation of the relevant legal standards in this complex technical environment.
“In our opinion, the emission control features challenged in KBA’s administrative orders are permitted.
“Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz has implemented the recall measures ordered by the KBA and has taken voluntary measures for other diesel vehicles in order to reduce NOx emissions on average during real driving.”
The affected Mercedes diesel vehicles were manufactured between 2008 and 2018, and drivers can join the claim whether they purchased their affected vehicle new or used.