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Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Emission Settlement For $789 Million

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Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Emission Settlement For $789 Million – Claims Open Now!

Mercedes-Benz will potentially pay out over $789 million to settle claims regarding an emission class lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was filed against Mercedes-Benz over allegations against the emission system of the Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter BlueTec vehicles manufactured by the said company.

According to the class action lawsuit, the car manufacturer deceived customers about their purchased vehicles’ quality.

Plaintiffs also alleged that their cars emitted more nitrogen than acceptable by clean air standards and laws.

They add that the vehicles’ emission control system was faulty, which caused it to release more nitrogen.

Complainants assert that the company has cheated their emission test and has intentionally deceived their customers about the BlueTEC engine emission system’s nature.

US-CA Consent Decree

The class action lawsuit covers vehicles with Approved Emission Modifications (AEMs) installed on them.

AEMs are software updates provided to Sprinter BlueTEC II and Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The updates cover the emission control system and other hardware in the vehicle.

The US-CA Consent Decree has allowed AEM installation for car owners with vehicles registered in the United States.

It has also permitted these modified vehicles to receive a free Extended Modification Warranty.

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, has developed the AEM.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have approved it.

The following BlueTEC car models already have AEMs available for installation:

  • 2014-2016 E250
  • 2013-2016 GL350
  • 2016 GLE E300d
  • 2013-2015 GLK250
  • 2015 ML250
  • 2012-2014 ML350
  • 2014-2016 4-cylinder Mercedes-Benz or Sprinter
  • 2010-2016 6-cylinder Mercedes-Benz or Sprinter

The company will update car owners if AEMs are already available for their car models. 

The Settlement

Mercedes-Benz has consented to pay out $726 million to settle claims and resolve the issue. Meanwhile, Bosch has agreed to pay $63.3 million.

Under the settlement terms, the following individuals are eligible to join as class members:

  • Individuals who owned or leased any of the covered vehicles before September 15, 2020.
  • Individuals who owned or leased and registered any of the covered vehicles without AEM installed after September 14, 2020.
  • Resellers and dealers can also apply as class members.

The settlement terms also state that the following BlueTEC vehicle models are covered:

  • 2014-2016 E250
  • 2011-2013 E350
  • 2009 GL320
  • 2010-2016 GL350
  • 2016 GLE300d
  • 2016 GLE350d
  • 2013-2015 GLK250
  • 2015 ML250
  • 2009 ML320
  • 2010-2014 ML350
  • 2009 R320
  • 2010-2012 R350
  • 2012-2013 S350
  • 2014-2016 Mercedes-Benz (4-cylinder)
  • 2014-2016 Freightliner Sprinter (4-cylinder)
  • 2010-2016 Mercedes-Benz (6-cylinder)
  • 2010-2016 Freightliner Sprinter (6-cylinder)

Settlement Terms

Class members can receive the following compensation depending on what category they fall into:

$3290 from Mercedes-Benz + $300 from Bosch

For current owner or lessees of the covered vehicle, if there are no former vehicle owner who will submit a claim

$2,467.50 from Mercedes-Benz + $225 from Bosch

For the current owner or lessees of the covered vehicle, if a former vehicle owner also submits a claim 

For the current owner or lessees of the covered vehicle, if the vehicle was owned or leased after September 14, 2020

$822.50 from Mercedes-Benz + $75 from Bosch

Important Dates

The AEM should already be installed in the vehicles before current car owners/lessees can get the compensation. They should also submit the claim before October 1, 2022.

Former car owners can receive a payment if they submit the claim form before July 12, 2021, or by the date determined and approved by the Court.

The deadline for submitting exclusions and objections is on May 24, 2021.

The fairness hearing is scheduled for July 12, 2021.

Editor’s Note on Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Emission Settlement:

This article is published to inform you of the latest settlement Mercedes-Benz will pay to resolve the BlueTEC Emission case.

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