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Daimler Launches Internal Probe of Diesel Cheating Claims

EPA, Justice Dept. seeking automaker’s input.

by on Apr.22, 2016

Mercedes added a new four-cylinder diesel with the launch of the E250 BlueTec.

Facing two lawsuits and a query from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice Daimler AG has launched an internal investigation into what the government says are “possible indications of irregularities” with the certification of diesels sold by the Smart and Mercedes-Benz brands.

The move comes even as Volkswagen is attempting to push forward with a proposed settlement of its own diesel emissions problems. VW has told a federal judge in California that the company wants to repurchase about 500,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. using software designed to cheat on emissions tests, while also offering owners financial compensation.

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Daimler, meanwhile, is already facing two class action lawsuits filed by a Seattle firm on behalf of owners who claim their vehicles are not compliant with U.S. emissions standards. Those suits are based on research performed in Europe.

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Mercedes Hit With New Class-Action Lawsuit Over Diesels

Additional tests reveal “defeat device,” law firm claims.

by on Apr.08, 2016

In 2012, Mercedes launched its first diesel model in the U.S. in nearly two decades.

Already facing a lawsuit claiming it cheated on diesel emissions tests, Mercedes-Benz has been served a second class-action lawsuit claiming that it used a so-called “defeat device” to get around U.S. regulations.

The new suit was filed by Hagens Berman, the same Seattle law firm that first levied a complaint against the German automaker back in February. That’s a claim reminiscent of the charges filed against Volkswagen AG last September by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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“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’,” the law firm said in a complaint filed in the U.S> District Court of New Jersey.

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EPA Looking at Claims Mercedes Rigged Diesels

But no formal investigation, government says.

by on Feb.29, 2016

In 2012, Mercedes launched a U.S. S-Class diesel for the first time since 1995.

Barely a week after a Seattle law firm filed a class action lawsuit against luxury carmaker Daimler AG, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Monday that it is looking into claims the automaker’s diesel vehicles were illegally rigged to pass American emissions standards.

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The agency says it wants data but cautions that it has not yet opened a formal investigation. Parent of Mercedes-Benz denies allegations and says it is fully cooperating with the government.

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Mercedes-Benz Facing Class Action Suit Over Diesel Emissions Claims

Suit asserts German maker rigged diesels at low temperatures.

by on Feb.18, 2016

Mercedes-Benz offers diesel options in a number of models, such as this E250 BlueTec.

Just a day after Mercedes-Benz announced a new generation of “clean” diesel engines, the German maker has been hit with a class action lawsuit claiming it cheated on emissions rules with its older diesels.

The suit’s allegations echo claims against Volkswagen, another German maker that has acknowledged using a so-called “defeat device” to rig 11 million vehicles sold in the U.S. using a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, including 482,000 sold in the U.S.

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The suit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois cites tests done for the Dutch government indicating that, in real-world conditions, Mercedes’ BlueTec diesel vehicles produced “dangerous levels” of smog-causing nitrogen oxides, according to a statement by Seattle law firm Hagens Berman.

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