diesel owners file new lawsuit in United States
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[April 08, 2016]
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Owners of
Mercedes diesel cars filed a new class-action lawsuit in the United
States saying the vehicles likely contained a "defeat device" used to
cheat emissions testing, an accusation that Daimler <DAIGn.DE>, which
owns the carmaker, denied.
U.S. law firm Hagens Berman, which had already filed a complaint
in February, said new tests had shown that Mercedes BlueTEC cars
produced nitrogen oxide emissions in virtually all road tests that
were far higher than in controlled lab tests.
"The fact that Mercedes passed the dynamometer test in all tests,
but failed the real world test, is suggestive that like VW
<VOWG_p.DE>, Mercedes is implementing a 'defeat device'," it said in
its complaint filed in the District Court of New Jersey.
Daimler said in a statement on Friday: "We consider this class
action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A
component that inadmissibly reduces emissions is not used in
BlueTEC is a filter system which uses urea to help rid exhaust fumes
of health threatening nitric oxides. It is fairly costly and used
mainly in heavier cars like Diamler's large limousines or sports
utility vehicles, which are equipped with powerful diesel engines.
The complaint previously filed by Hagens Berman was more limited,
alleging that Daimler knowingly programmed its so-called clean
diesel vehicles to emit illegal levels of nitrogen oxide in low
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said at the time it had
requested information from Daimler in light of the lawsuit but had
not opened an official investigation.
VW, Europe's biggest carmaker, is facing its biggest crisis in
recent memory after it acknowledged last September that it had
rigged exhaust emission tests for up to 11 million vehicles
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan and Edward Taylor; Editing by Keith
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