Mercedes-Benz Fabricates Information About Partial Zero Emission Vehicle Warranty, Class Action Lawsuit Alleges
According to a plaintiff, he and other Mercedes-Benz “Partial Zero Emission Vehicle” (PZEV) owners are being obliged to pay for repairs that the automaker should cover within California warranty law.
Joey Schimmel, the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed in federal court on Friday, claims that he and several California Mercedes-Benz owners are receiving unfair treatment.
He contends that Mercedes-Benz is taking credit under California’s emissions warranty law but neglecting to cover for parts and labor covered by the state-mandated warranty. Therefore, putting the responsibility on customers.
According to the class action lawsuit, California has granted credits to automakers manufacturing Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) and Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) in the state since 2009. In exchange, automakers are required to provide customers an extended emissions warranty of 150,000 miles or 15 years on PZEV.
Schimmel claims that he has a secondhand 2010 Mercedes E350, which he purchased from a Ventura County dealership in 2017, that meets California’s PZEV requirements.
Furthermore, he believes that the vehicle he bought was still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty under California’s emissions law. However, when the vehicle required maintenance for an emission control system leak, he was informed that the approximately $1,500 bill would not be reimbursed. So, he declined the repair but was charged about $80 for the diagnosis.
In addition, Schimmel later states that he took in his Mercedes-Benz due to a “check engine” light and was invoiced a $195 bill to diagnose the issue.
The plaintiff further asserts that he reached out to Mercedes-Benz for warranty coverage for the costs he paid and demanded reimbursement for the necessary repairs of his PZEV. However, Mercedes-Benz stands that its guarantee does not cover the said maintenance.
Joey Schimmel v. Mercedes-Benz, USA
Mercedes-Benz is being sued in a class action lawsuit for trying to limit exposure warranty by rejecting to cover parts and labor as required under the California emissions laws.
By strictly defining the components that can be covered under the California emissions warranty, Mercedes-Benz can reduce the amount of money spent on warranty-related repairs, knowing that the majority, if not all, dealerships and clients will not investigate or recognize which parts should actually and properly be covered as required under the California Code of Regulations.
Schimmel intends to represent other people in California who own Mercedes-Benz PZEV models 2009-2019. He is seeking reimbursement from the automaker for the expenses incurred by Class Members for repairs and maintenance that should have been covered under California’s emissions warranty.
Editor’s Note on Mercedes-Benz E350 PZEV Emission Warranty Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This is published to give you updates about the class action lawsuit filed against Mercedes-Benz due to fabricating information about the Partial Zero Emission Vehicle warranty covered under California Vehicle Emissions Laws.
Case Name & No.: Joey Schimmel v. Mercedes-Benz, USA, Case No. 2:21-cv-04973
Jurisdiction: U.S. District Court – Central District of California
Products/Services: Partial Zero Emission Vehicle warranty
Allegations: Mercedes-Benz refusing to cover parts and labor warranty as required by California emissions laws
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