Mercedes-Benz emissions scandal
We’ve launched a collective action on behalf of Mercedes owners who’ve been affected by the cheating software which was installed into their vehicles engine and was designed to defeat pollution tests. If you purchased one of the affected diesel vehicles made between 2008 and 2018 you may be eligible to join.
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What have Mercedes-Benz done?
The German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) found that Mercedes installed a cheating software in their diesel engines that limited emissions readings during vehicle emissions testing and therefore misrepresenting the actual emissions during real-world driving. The nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of the engines as a result didn’t comply with EU regulatory requirements. Despite this finding, Mercedes deny they have done anything unlawful.
Mercedes's parent company Daimler has been fined £776 million by the German prosecutors over this emissions scandal. The KBA has now ordered Mercedes to recall around 90,000 vehicles in England and Wales. Mercedes has also decided to recall hundreds of thousands more vehicles on a voluntary basis.
We’re aware that litigation has been instigated against Mercedes in other jurisdictions including Germany, Canada and the United States.
Why choose Slater and Gordon?
Slater and Gordon are leading experts in collective actions and emissions claims. We’re the Joint Lead Lawyers in the Volkswagen Emissions Collective Action where we act for around 70,000 of the 90,000 people in the claim. That claim is thought to be the largest collective action in British legal history in terms of numbers of claimants and is worth hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation. We’ve recently achieved a major victory for the claimants by proving that VW fitted 1.2 million vehicles with ‘defeat devices’. You can read about this .
Why should I join the Slater and Gordon group action?
We consider it to be unacceptable that customers have been sold vehicles which do not comply with emissions regulations.
We’ll be arguing that affected vehicles produce levels of NOx that are higher than the law permits, when driven on the road. NOx is a combination of the pollutants Nitrogen Oxide and Nitrogen Dioxide and has been associated with, amongst other things acid rain, global warming and respiratory conditions, such as childhood asthma. We believe manufacturers should adhere to the rules limiting the amount of pollution their vehicles emit. That’s why we’re suing Volkswagen, and that’s why we think Mercedes also have a case to answer.
As well as the environmental and ethical reasons for holding Mercedes to account, there’s also the very real possibility that owners have overpaid for a vehicle which doesn’t comply with emissions regulations and that now needs to be fixed. It may also be the case that the fix itself has consequences to the fuel consumption and performance of your vehicle. If this is the case, we’ll bring a claim for those additional costs too.
Am I eligible to join the claim?
You may be eligible to take legal action if your vehicle is manufactured by Mercedes and:
- has a diesel engine
- was made between 2008 and 2018
- was acquired by way of lease or outright purchase, either new or second hand
How do I see if my vehicle is eligible?
Mercedes Emissions Scandal | Time For Action
815,000 Mercedes vehicles worldwide have been fitted with defeat devices, the KBA has found. Here our Gareth Pope explains how you can join the collective action if you've been affected.
Regular updates on the VW Collective Action. Very detailed information on what has taken place and what the future timetable is. Very impressed with their professional approach which has instilled me with the confidence that I chose the right company to represent me. 5* Trustpilot Review (for VW Emissions Team)
I have been part of the VW group claim since it started. I have found Slater and Gordon to be excellent at communicating and explaining progress as the claim has progressed. They've been very good at explaining what are complex legal issues, and I'm confident the team is making progress in the face of what appears to be delay and obfuscation by VW. Recommended. 5* Trustpilot Review (for VW Emissions Team)
I am happy with Slater and Gordon's progress in pursuing the VW claim. The explanations of what is happening have been easy to understand and I have been kept informed throughout this lengthy procedure. 5* Trustpilot Review