In 2018 the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Daimler, was found to be using illegal software to alter emissions in their diesel vehicles. The motor company had to recall affected vehicles as the German courts also discovered that Daimler had been using prohibited defeat devices. These devices were designed to make it look like diesel engines were cleaner and less polluting during testing than they actually were in real driving conditions.
Drivers who bought affected Mercedes vehicles were misled about their efficiency and environmental friendliness and are likely to have experienced losses as a result. Experienced and professional law firm Keller Lenkner is working to help customers get the compensation they deserve and hold Mercedes-Benz accountable for its actions.
What is the current position of this case?
Mercedes has so far recalled three million diesel vehicles across Europe and has faced a fine of £800 million by German prosecutors. On top of government investigations, Mercedes-Benz has ongoing lawsuits in Germany, the US, Canada, and the UK.
Why should you make a claim?
Not only could you get the compensation you are entitled to by making a claim against Mercedes-Benz, but you will also be holding them to account for their deception. They lied to their customers about the efficiency of their vehicles which meant many experienced financial losses due to poor fuel economy and having a ‘fix’ applied to their vehicle.
Frequent emissions of NOx are bad for human health as well as the environment so your family’s health and safety might have been put at risk. This is one of the reasons that you are well within your rights to make a claim.
Aside from making a claim due to the emissions scandal, it is natural that you want to protect your family’s interests. If you need any additional help when it comes to any other sort of legal matters, especially those relating to family law, you should look towards Aaron & Partners for assistance.
How much could you claim in compensation?
There is no set amount for how much compensation you could get if the Mercedes claim is won. Compensation can be specific to the age and model of the vehicle you are claiming for, and evidence will be required to confirm these details. However, it is likely that you will have suffered financial losses as a result of buying an affected vehicle and can receive compensation for that. The losses for owners could be several thousands of pounds at a minimum.
Do you have an affected vehicle?
The current Mercedes models that are known to have been affected by the diesel emissions scandal are:
- GLE 166 Series
If you have already had contact from Mercedes for an update for your emissions software or had a recall letter about an emission problem, you will be eligible for this claim. If your vehicle is not on the above list but you think your car might have been affected, you should check if you are eligible. It is likely that Mercedes will carry out further recalls in the UK in accordance with instructions from the German Federal Motor Authority, which means that more models could be involved in the scandal.