Mercedes-Benz C-Class Class Action Lawsuit Over Alleged Defective Fuel Hose
Consumers alleging that Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles manufactured between 2015 and 2019, including the popular C300, suffer from a manufacturing defect that allows raw fuel to leak into the engine compartment, endangering drivers, are headed to mediation following a new ruling by a federal judge in the class action lawsuit.
Nicholas Rosen et al. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, L.L.C. et al.
For six months, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Hose Class Action Lawsuit was temporarily halted by U.S. District Judge William M. Ray II.
Judge Ray urged both the parties to try to resolve the charges through mediation, noting that Mercedes-Benz had extended warranty coverage to cover the leaky fuel pump fault that was the subject of the complaint.
In a class action lawsuit filed in February, lead plaintiffs Nicholas Rosen, Tamer Nassar, and Reginald St. Jean alleged that Mercedes-Benz is aware of the issue and is intentionally concealing it from consumers.
Rosen, Nassar, and St. Jean seek to represent a Nationwide Class of current or previous owners of Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles from 2015 to 2019.
Mercedes-Benz Refuses to Fix the Issue
According to the class action lawsuit, the Mercedes-Benz vehicles’ inclination to leak fuel can result in dangerous scenarios such as breathing of fumes, vehicle stalling, and vehicle fire. In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Mercedes-Benz is “unable or unwilling” to repair the C-Class vehicles and that the company frequently informs consumers that the replacement of fuel system components is not included under warranty.
According to plaintiffs, this refusal extends to drivers with new vehicle warranties and certified pre-owned vehicle warranties, which cover 48 months or 50,000 miles or 60 months with unlimited mileage, respectively, from the in-service date.
In the class action suit, the plaintiffs say that Mercedes-Benz has not done anything to address or fix the Fuel Leak Defect, which happens with C-class vehicles. Instead, Mercedes-Benz has turned down their requests to provide a warranty repair and has required class members to pay out of their pocket for the repairs.
Plaintiffs assert that if they had known of the problem, they and other class members would not have purchased the Mercedes-Benz vehicles or would have paid a significantly lower price for them.
Allegations Against Mercedes-Benz
Rosen, Nassar, and St. Jean argue that Mercedes-Benz violated:
- California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act
- California Business and Professions Code 17200
- Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act
- New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act
- Georgia’s Fair Business Practices Act, and
- Georgia’s Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act
The plaintiffs seek general, special, actual, incidental, punitive, statutory, and consequential damages for themselves and class members.
Editor’s Note on Mercedes-Benz C-Class Fuel Hose Class Action Lawsuit:
This article is written to inform you of the class action lawsuit filed against Mercedes-Benz over its C-Class model manufacturing defect. Another car company, Nissan, recently settled a class action lawsuit over allegedly selling Altima cars with faulty headlights.
Case Name & No.: Nicholas Rosen et al. v. Mercedes-Benz U.S.A., L.L.C. et al., Case No. 1:21-cv-00787-WMR
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division
Products/Services: 2015-2019 W205 vehicles
Allegations: Mercedes-Benz C-class vehicles allegedly suffer from manufacturing defect which allows fuel to leak into the engine compartment
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