Mercedes in London’s High Court

Mercedes are facing around 330,000 legal claims in London’s High Court over ‘defeat devices’ in diesel vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz faces around 330,000 legal claims over the alleged use of “defeat devices” in diesel vehicles to cheat emissions tests.

The claims come from owners of Mercedes cars, who argue that the company fitted their vehicles with illegal software that artificially lowered emissions during official testing, but then allowed the vehicles to produce higher emissions on the road.

Mercedes parent company, Daimler AG, has denied any wrongdoing and has said that its vehicles comply with all legal requirements.

However, the German automaker has already agreed to pay billions of dollars in fines and settlements in the US and Europe over similar allegations.

The lawsuits against Mercedes are the latest in a series of legal actions against automakers over diesel emissions.

In recent years, Volkswagen has paid more than $30 billion in fines and compensation for using defeat devices in its diesel vehicles, while other automakers, including Fiat Chrysler and Renault, have also faced legal action over emissions cheating.

The legal claims against Mercedes are likely to be a significant financial burden for the company, and could also damage its reputation with customers who value the brand’s commitment to quality and innovation.

However, it remains to be seen how the legal action will unfold and whether the company will be found to have acted unlawfully.

Allegedly, certain types of diesel Mercedes vehicles have been affected and were found to have contained specialist software.  This piece of sophisticated technology lowered the amount of NOx emissions in a test environment. 

The so-called ‘Defeat Device’ would kick in so that the vehicle passed the required regulatory tests.  When these affected cars and vans were then driven in normal conditions the device turned off meaning that these vehicles produced a higher amount of nitrous oxide (NOx) than what was legally permitted.  

Due to the allegations, consumers of the German manufacturer feel that they have been misled into thinking their vehicle omitted fewer emissions.  

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