US owners of Mercedes diesel cars claim their vehicles are fitted with an emissions cheating device, thus filing a new lawsuit against the German premium automaker.
These are not the first allegations over emissions towards Mercedes-Benz, as US owners have already made a complaint back in February, claiming that their diesel cars are likely to have a similar defeat device to the one used by Volkswagen. The law firm representing them recently filed another lawsuit, as it said new tests revealed emissions higher than the legal limits on Mercedes BlueTEC models. “The fact that Mercedes passed the dynamometer test in all tests, but failed the real world test, is suggestive that like VW, Mercedes is implementing a ‘defeat device’,” it said in its complaint filed in the District Court of New Jersey. Daimler immediately responded to these allegations, saying “we consider this class action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”
This is not the first time when fingers are pointed at Mercedes. Various institutes and organisations have repeatedly claimed that there are still many diesel cars on roads polluting more than laboratory tests are showing. There were other allegations as well that refer to some measurements performed by the Dutch Organisation for Applied Science Research on a Mercedes-Benz C220 CDI, a study used by media to report that the model is polluting over the legal limits. Mercedes was also reportedly inquired in January in the emissions probe in France and was forced to give explanations in front of the country’s regulators.