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PRESS RELEASE: Stichting Emission Claim Finds New Evidence of Emissions Cheating in Mercedes Diesel Vehicles Already Recalled by EU and “Fixed” by Daimler

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AFFECTED MODELS

At least the following Mercedes models powered by diesel-fueled engines and sold from 2008 up to 2019 are affected: A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, Citan, CLA, CLS, E-Class, GL-Class, GLA-Class, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, GLS, M-Class, S-Class, SLK, Sprinter, V-Class and Vito.

Additional models are likely to have released dirty diesel emissions, and we continue to add more affected vehicles. Models also include passenger and commercial vehicles and vans, such as people movers, shuttles and taxis.

HAGENS BERMAN INVESTIGATION VS. MERCEDES

According to Hagens Berman’s investigations, Mercedes globally programmed its diesel vehicles to reduce the illegally high levels of nitrogen oxide when the vehicles were being tested for emissions during real-world driving conditions. Mercedes' conduct has led to a decrease in the resale value of its impacted vehicles, as well as increases in environmental pollution and affecting human health conditions by emitting dirty diesel emissions.

According to research conducted on the affected Mercedes vehicles powered by diesel-fueled engines, the models are equipped with unlawful, unfair, deceptive and otherwise defective emission controls utilised by Mercedes. The emission control devices were used to deceptively comply with the NOx emission limit set by the emission standards.

Indeed, testing at highway speeds, at low temperatures, and at variable speeds, indicate a systemic failure to meet emissions standards. Low temperature testing at highway speeds, for example, produced emissions that were 8.1 to 19.7 times the highway emissions standard. The US lawsuit argued that testing at low temperatures at variable speeds produced emissions as high as 30.8 times the standard amount.

The investigation and consumer group action lawsuit driven by Hagens Berman in the US led to a settlement of more than $700 million for US Mercedes owners.

THE CASE IN EUROPE

Whilst the Mercedes diesel emissions scandal is not limited by borders, the US settlement was. Hagens Berman, therefore, launched an investigation in England and Wales in August 2020 on behalf of more than 1.2 million potential claimants.

The crusade does not stop there. That’s why the law firm Hagens Berman is now assisting the Emission Claim Foundation by bringing its expertise to a lawsuit started by the Amsterdam law firm Kennedy Van der Laan in the Netherlands on behalf of Dutch Mercedes owners, taking advantage of new laws in the Netherlands making it easier for European consumers to bring these claims.

The fight to seek justice on behalf of Mercedes owners and lessees was further strengthened in December 2020 when the EU Court of Justice concluded that ‘ a manufacturer cannot install a defeat device which systematically improves, during approval procedures, the performance of the vehicle emission control system and thus obtain approval of the vehicle.'

It is important for Mercedes drivers across Europe to have a voice so that they may also be compensated in the same manner as US consumers.

WHAT DID MERCEDES DO WRONG?

Diesel technologies were sold by the vehicle manufacturer on the basis that they would work to boost performance, provide better fuel economy and produce lower emissions.

  • The components of this technology include: High-pressure fuel injection to provide optimal pressure and operation.
  • Variable-vane turbocharger to create more powerful combustion.
  • AdBlue liquid solution injection into the exhaust to convert nitrogen oxide emissions into two separate elements, nitrogen and oxygen – which don’t harm the environment in the same way as nitrogen oxide.

All cars offering this technology were sold on the basis that, as a car buyer, you could take advantage of the power you need with a diesel engine without harming the environment.

Mercedes used this technology throughout its range of diesel vehicles, allegedly so there would be no compromise to the consumer - from Sprinter vans through to E-Class saloons. The technology was sold to the public as ‘clean’ diesel technology. However, evidence suggests that wasn’t the case; Mercedes diesel vehicles were in fact fitted with a defeat device’ and there were no environmental benefits to the technology as it was not breaking down the emissions into less harmless elements for cleaner air.

WHAT IS NITROGEN OXIDE (NOx)? 

Nitrogen Oxide is a group of highly reactive gases made up of nitrogen and oxygen, which is formed when nitrogen comes into contact or has a reaction with oxygen producing NOx.

NOx has direct impacts on human health, mainly affecting respiratory conditions causing inflammation of the airways. Long term exposure in high volumes can decrease lung function, increase the risk of respiratory conditions, and increase the response to allergens. People who suffer from common illnesses such as Asthma and Bronchitis will have increased sensitivity to the pollutant.

It also has an effect on the environment as the gas is toxic and corrosive, making it one of the causes of acid rain.

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Study Reveals Human Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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The mortality cost of carbon (PDF), a study published by Nature Communications, projects the number of lives that will be lost due to earth’s rising temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The study introduces a new metric, the mortality cost of carbon (MCC), that estimates the “expected temperature-related excess deaths globally from 2020 to 2100 caused by the emission of one additional metric ton of carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions in 2020.” In its central scenario, the study finds that there are 83 million projected excess deaths between 2020 and 2100 and reports that by the end of this century, “the projected 4.6 million excess yearly deaths would put climate change 6th on the 2017 Global Burden of Disease risk factor risk list ahead of outdoor air pollution (3.4 million yearly excess deaths) and just below obesity (4.7 million yearly excess deaths).” Dirty Diesel emissions and the use of defeat devices by automakers contribute to environmental harm, and these damages are part of the reason we are litigating these cases.

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Study Reveals Human Cost of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The mortality cost of carbon (PDF), a study published by Nature Communications, projects the number of lives that will be lost due to earth’s rising temperatures caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The study introduces a new metric, the mortality cost of carbon (MCC), that estimates the “expected temperature-related excess deaths globally from 2020 to 2100 caused by the emission of one additional metric ton of carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions in 2020.” In its central scenario, the study finds that there are 83 million projected excess deaths between 2020 and 2100 and reports that by the end of this century, “the projected 4.6 million excess yearly deaths would put climate change 6th on the 2017 Global Burden of Disease risk factor risk list ahead of outdoor air pollution (3.4 million yearly excess deaths) and just below obesity (4.7 million yearly excess deaths).” Dirty Diesel emissions and the use of defeat devices by automakers contribute to environmental harm, and these damages are part of the reason we are litigating these cases.

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