Mercedes-Benz Owners Sue in Second Lawsuit Over Diesel Emissions
New Emissions Tests Suggest Benz Uses Defeat Device
In a lawsuit Mercedes-Benz calls “unfounded,” several owners of M-B diesel vehicles are suing over concerns their cars may emit more nitrogen oxide (NOx) than is legal. This is the second class-action suit against Mercedes for the same issue, both coming from the same law firm.
In February, owners represented by Hagens Berman claimed their vehicles emitted extra NOx in certain conditions, mostly in low temperatures. But the law firm claims new third-party tests suggested the cars emitted elevated NOx in “virtually all road tests,” according to Reuters.
Since Benz’s cars passed the dynamometer emissions tests, the filing suggests the company is using a defeat device similar to the ones found in certain Volkswagen diesels. The company responded today, saying “a component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles,” reiterating its position following February’s less-far-reaching lawsuit.
The EPA has yet to open an official investigation into Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles, but it has requested information from the company. From our shooting-from-the-hip perspective, we’re inclined to think Benz is being unfairly targeted by owners who’d like to profit from diesel’s flagging reputation as a green fuel (thank you very much, Volkswagen). We sincerely hope the company is innocent in this case, and not just because we are fans of diesel engines. After all, what good is a green fuel if it does more harm than advertised?