It’s been alleged that some of Mercedes Benz USA’s diesel vehicles emit more pollution than the German brand claim.
In a story that echoes the Volkswagen emissions scandal, the allegations against Mercedes were made in a lawsuit last week in a U.S District Court in Newark.
Responding to the lawsuit that was filed under the name of a woman living in Illinois, Mercedes Benz said: “We believe the complain is without merit. Currently, we are reviewing the documents and we will defend ourselves.”
The Plaintiff alleges that her 2014 Mercedes ML 350 is labeled as a ‘clean diesel’, but that it – and all 2014 ML 350 models – “emit far more pollution on the road than in lab tests”.
Mercedes ML 350 Emits “65% More Pollution Than Is Legal”
The lawsuit goes onto claim that in a real-world test, the ML 350 emits pollution ‘more than 65 times higher than the US Environmental Protection Agency permits’. The ML 350 is powered by a BlueTEC diesel unit that is meant to provide low emission levels.
Mercedes marketed it worldwide as ‘the world’s cleanest and most advanced diesel’, but the lawsuit claims that those representations are wholly untrue.
“A device designed to clean emissions, especially nitrogen oxide, shuts off temperatures below 50 degree Fahrenheit.
“Mercedes never disclosed to consumers that Mercedes diesels with BlueTEC engines may be ‘clean’ diesels when it is warm, but are ‘dirty’ diesels when it is not.”
The lawsuit goes onto claim that the German company puts profit and engine muscle before people. It also states that up to 14 Mercedes models contain ‘defective emission controls’.
The lawsuit comes in the wake of the emissions scandal that engulfed Volkswagen last September, and which has so far cost the company billions.
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