NEW YORK – If you own a Mercedes diesel, your vehicle may have had a “defeat device” used to cheat emissions testing, a new lawsuit claims.
The automaker, owned by Daimler, has denied the accusation but it wouldn’t be the first time a company has denied using the software.
Volkswagen famously equipped millions of diesel vehicles with software designed to make it appear that a vehicle was operating within emissions standards. Following emissions tests, the “Clean Diesel” vehicles would emit up to 40 times more pollutants.
According to the complaint filed in February, new tests have found Mercedes BlueTEC cars emit greater amounts of nitrogen oxide in road tests that it does in controlled lab tests. The research suggests the luxury vehicle company is implementing a “defeat device” similar to the one Volkswagen had used.
A Brooklyn Volkswagen emission lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says the cheating software, if it is installed in a vehicle, misleads consumers and could be dangerous to your health.
“Volkswagen marketed their vehicles as ‘Clean Diesel’ cars when they were likely producing more pollution than many other models in Brooklyn,” Volkswagen emission lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Currently, pollution can be attributed to about 3-million deaths each year.”
Daimler released a statement on Friday to address the accusations in the new legal complaint against them:
“We consider this class action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in Mercedes Benz vehicles.”
Volkswagen also did not admit it was using test-cheating devices in its Clean Diesel cars until the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally announced proof of the shady strategy in September of 2015. At that time, the EPA had already accused Volkswagen of deliberately dodging regulations since 2008.
The new complaint against Daimler claims the automaker knowingly programmed its BlueTEC filtration systems to emit illegal levels of nitrogen oxide in low temperatures.
The EPA has since requested information from Mercedes regarding these accusations but it has not officially launched an investigation.
Brooklyn Volkswagen emission lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say about 11 million VWs have rigged exhaust emissions. If the allegations against Daimler are proven to be true, many more customers could be affected.