The Emission Claim Foundation is the leading foundation dedicated to helping Dutch citizens access justice regarding emissions-cheating devices installed by automakers including Mercedes, Stellantis and Renault. The Emission Claim Foundation helps Dutch consumers who have been victims of diesel emissions-cheating fraud.
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, and to an increase in environmental pollution and damage to human health conditions caused by dirty diesel emissions.
According to an investigation conducted by the Emission Claim Foundation, from 2009-2019 Renault programmed its diesel vehicles to adequately reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions only when the vehicles were operated on a roller-board under government-mandated test conditions. In real-world driving conditions, with the emission control systems shut off, the vehicles produce illegally and unacceptably high levels of NOx.
According to investigations, from 2009-2019 several brands of diesel vehicles that are now part of the new Dutch conglomerate Stellantis N.V. were programmed to adequately reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions only when the vehicles were operated on a roller-board under government-mandated test conditions. The affected Peugeot, Citroën and Opel diesel vehicles were all part of Groupe PSA when Group PSA merged into Stellantis.
We are driven by our goal to improve the standing of those who cannot fight for themselves individually, against powerful – and often negligent – corporations. We believe there is strength in numbers. The Emissions Claim Foundation strives to be the most responsive in making the world a better place and changing the future through the law. We work hard for those we represent and seek to unify the claims of Dutch citizens for the benefit of all.
A claim is brought in the form of a “collective action” and can be brought if the claim has a connection to residents in the Netherlands. The connection conditions are as follows:
The amount of compensation you could receive will either be awarded by the Courts or agreed upon through settlements. Based on comparative damages from similar cases, we anticipate an award of approximately €3,000 to €11,000 per vehicle, and possibly higher. However, this is very much an estimated range and by no means guaranteed for each class member, as each court and case is different. We will advocate fiercely to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
A Defeat Device is a part of the design, software, or hardware of a vehicle, which can interfere and change the emissions system of that vehicle depending on certain conditions.
Affected vehicles were installed with Defeat Devices designed to detect when NOx emissions were being tested, to ensure that the emissions complied with Euro 5 and 6 regulations. However, during normal on-the-road driving conditions, the Defeat Devices limited or deactivated emissions controls—resulting in the production of extremely high levels of NOx which are well above the maximum permitted emission values.
Therefore, while the cars passed inspections and had the emission effectiveness which was advertised, when actually driving the car this was no longer the case and there was no control and limitation of the harmful emissions.
As a consumer, you are essential to their business. By tricking you and providing you with defective and fraudulent products, they are taking advantage of you and the rules laid out to protect you. It is important to ensure that car manufacturers compensate you for their deception and lies. Furthermore, it is essential to deter other car manufacturers from taking such actions in the future. The parties at fault must pay for their mistakes and must never make them again.