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Mercedes-Benz – Diesel Emissions Compensation 

 

Mis-Sold Diesel Mercedes Vehicles Could Fetch £10,000 in Compensation, read on...

 

 

 

Mis-Sold Diesel Mercedes Vehicles Could Fetch £10,000 in Compensation, read on...

 

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 our blog 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.

See our 5 Easy Steps How to Claim Compensation for Mercedes Diesel Emissions

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

Below are a list of frequently asked questions on how to claim compensation against Mercedes for diesel emissions.

1. What Mercedes Vehicles are affected by the diesels emissions scandal?

2. When Where These Affected Models Sold By Mercedes?

3. How Much Compensation Could I Expect?

4. UK Wide, How Many Vehicles Are Affected

5. How Do I Check If My Mercedes Is Affected?

6. Where Can I Find My VIN Number for the Vehicle?

7. How Do I Claim Compensation For Diesel Emissions?

8. Do You Offer A No Win, No Fee, Service?

9. I Bought The Vehicle On Mercedes Finance, Can I Claim?

10. I Bought The Vehicle on Lease, Can I Claim?

11. Do I Claim Against The Mercedes Dealership Where I Bought The Car?

12. I Have Sold The Car, Can I Still Claim?

13. Can I Claim If I Bought A Used Mercedes?

14. Can I Claim If I Bought Petrol Mercedes?

15. Do I Need a Recall Letter From Mercedes To Claim?

 

1. What Mercedes Vehicles are affected by the diesels emissions scandal?

The common feature is that the vehicles must have acquired a diesel engine fitted with 'Adblue' or a 'BlueTec' specification; the models affected are:

There may be more cars/vans that are affected, so please contact us with your vehicles details if you are unsure. You must provide us with you VIN number of the vehicle. If you no longer have the vehicle you may be able to check it with the DVLA but you must contact them direct to obtain the VIN number.

It is understood that the 'defeat' software is programmed to lower the amount of the 'Ad Blue' that is being injected into the diesel engines after a prescribed period, this then lowers the efficiency of the SCR filter that leads to a much higher NOx emissions in the real-world environment compared with the test conditions.

What Mercedes say about their AdBlue technology:

 

 

 

 

2. When Where These Affected Models Sold by Mercedes

The affected diesel models were sold between September 2009 and February 2016.

3. How Much Compensation Could I Expect?

It could be as much as 75% of the value of the vehicle. But the general assessment is that the average claim may be between £4,000 to £10,000.

4. UK Wide, How Many Vehicles Are Affected

It is estimated that in the UK as many as 84,000 vehicles (cars and vans) could have the 'defeat' software installed where compensation may be obtained.

5. How Do I Check If My Mercedes Is Affected?

All Mercedes cars and vans have their own unique identifier code called a VIN. It is a 17-digit number with a three letter code. It will look something like: WDD123456789A1234. The VIN number contains vital information about the vehicle, such as:

The date of manufacture,
Year of production,
Engine type,
Model.

VIN numbers are therefore important to check with Mercedes to establish if your vehicle has the 'defeat' software installed on the diesel engine.

The VIN number will usually be obtained in your log book or on the vehicle itself by checking the windscreen, doors, floor of the driver or passenger seat, and steering column.

Please provide you VIN number to us if you are unsure how to check if your vehicle is affected and we shall do the checks for you.

6. Where Can I Find My VIN Number for the Vehicle?

The VIN number will usually be obtained in your log book or on the vehicle itself by checking the windscreen, doors, floor of the driver or passenger seat, and steering column.

7. How Do I Claim Compensation For Diesel Emissions?

Contact us via our website. You must provide us with your VIN number before we can proceed with your case. You will be asked, in due course to provide all of the paper-work of purchase and sale (if applicable) including copies of the log book (V5) and finance details etc

8. Do You Offer A No Win, No Fee, Service?

Yes, all the work will be undertaken under a NO WIN, NO FEE, NO WORRY agreement, so you have nothing to lose by registering your claim through us.  Contact us now to Claim.

9. I Bought The Vehicle On Mercedes Finance, Can I Claim?

Yes if you bought it through Mercedes Finance, bank loan or cash.

10. I Bought The Vehicle on Lease, Can I Claim?

Yes, if you leased the vehicle through a personal or business contract hire, it is still possible to claim.

11. Do I Claim Against The Mercedes Dealership Where I Bought The Car?

With the VW Group litigation, proceeding had to be taken against the dealership, the manufacturer or the finance arm of the manufacture if a loan/lease was taken out through its associated company.

12. I Have Sold The Vehicle, Can I Still Claim?

Yes you can still claim, but it is very important that you have proof of purchase and sale. If you no longer have any documentation, you may need to contact the dealership where you purchased the vehicle, or contact the DVLA direct who should have a record of the vehicle and history of owners/keepers of the vehicle.

13. Can I Claim If I Bought A Used Mercedes?

Yes you can still claim if you bought the vehicle used or second-hand. But as in Question 12 above, you must have all the necessary paper-work of purchase.

14. Can I Claim If I Bought Petrol Mercedes?

No only diesel vehicles are affected where compensation can be claimed.

15. Do I Need a Recall Letter From Mercedes To Claim?

No providing that you have checked your vehicle with Mercedes to ensure your VIN number is affected.

Mercedes diesel compensation claims.

See our 5 Easy Steps How to Claim Compensation for Mercedes Diesel Emissions

If you feel you have been misled into purchasing a diesel vehicle (car or van) from Mercedes why not contact us to make a claim.  It will not cost you anything to find out.

After all, excessive NOx emissions from diesel engines can have serious consequences especially to children and people with pre-existing conditions.  That is the reason why there are strict regulations to reduce the NOx emissions to help safe guard people and the environment.

Indeed Mercedes own literature claims that their AdBlue technology crates their 'cleanest diesel cars ever with no impact on performance...'

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