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VW's Dieselgate Got to Mercedes-Benz


The German automaker Mercedes-Benz received a class action lawsuit in the United States. The producer is accused of using software that disables exhaust control of the harmful emissions into the atmosphere at low temperatures. According to the plaintiffs, the exhaust of the company’s diesel engines exceeds environmental standards in the United States in 65 times.

American car owners, whose interests are represented by law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, filed a suit against Mercedes-Benz. German carmaker accused of using software that disables the control of the harmful emissions of the manufacturer’s diesel engines.

According to the lawsuit filed in US District Court in New Jersey, the question is revolving about BlueTEC technology designed to control the emission of nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. The petition states that the technology ceases to operate at temperatures below -10 ° C. As a result, the emissions start repeatedly exceed the maximum standards allowable by the US legislation. The document states that this figure reached the mark of 2 thousand milligrams per kilometer, which is 25 times higher than the limit set by the environmental standards "Euro-6", and 65 times - the rules of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the USA. According to the claim, the problematic software has been installed on diesel engines of cars classes E, R, S, GL, ML, GLK, GLE and Sprinter. At the same time, the exact number of cars is not specified.

Mercedes-Benz itself is denying all charges, stating that the claim has no legal basis. The automaker intends to defend their rights in court. With regard to the EPA, the agency had no comment on the filing of collective action, and has not yet been charged the German manufacturer.

Recall that last fall there was a scandal around another German automaker Volkswagen. In September, the EPA published a report, which referred to perennial violations of US law in the field of environmental protection. In particular, it became clear that the engines have been equipped with software that allows disabling the control over the level of harmful emissions when driving in an urban environment, and switching the control on when passing ‘green’ tests. As a result of the scandal, Volkswagen’s management was replaced, and the company’s losses from the car reviews and worldwide claims, according to experts, can reach tens of billions of dollars.

Bosch is also among the companies affected by the dieselgate scandal ( the investigators believe that the company, supplied some of important parts for the diesel engines, could know about Volkswagen’s manipulation or even take part in it). Another German automaker, Porsche, which is the main shareholder of Volkswagen, said that its profit for the first nine months of 2015 decreased by 47%. The sports car manufacturer explained the sharp decline in profits by increasing costs associated with the dieselgate.

source: driving.ca