Mercedes may have cheated emissions tests for 750,000 cars in the UK.
Is yours affected?
“In September, Daimler was fined €870m by German prosecutors for failing to comply with emissions regulations, and it still faces further investigations in Germany and in the US, as well as civil lawsuits from customers.”The Guardian, 11 February 2020
“Daimler AG moved to head off a growing crisis over emissions concerns by voluntarily recalling more than 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe, marking the latest blow to the technology since Volkswagen AG’s cheating scandal erupted nearly two years ago.”Bloomberg, 18 July 2017
“Each year in the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution which plays a role in many of the major health challenges of our day. It has been linked to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia.”Royal College of Physicians, 23 February 2016
Harcus Parker acts for owners of Mercedes-Benz vehicles which are alleged to have been fitted with defeat devices, similar to those used by Volkswagen. Defeat devices allow cars to detect when an emissions test is being carried out, and change their performance accordingly. Often, when the cars are driven in the real world, emissions will be many times higher than the regulated limits.
A report by the Royal College of Physicians in 2016 estimated that around 40,000 deaths each year are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution. NOx emissions in particular have been linked to diseases as diverse as childhood asthma and teenage psychosis. Recent reports have also identified individuals exposed to poor air quality as being more likely to suffer from severe Covid-19 symptoms.
The scandal in numbers
Vehicles recalled throughout Europe
Paid by Mercedes in fines
Excess deaths each year attributed to air pollution in the UK
Vehicles could be affected in England and Wales
How do I Join?
If you have bought or leased a diesel Mercedes-Benz vehicle in England or Wales since 2009 you can apply to join the claim. You could be entitled to several thousands of pounds of compensation. If you bought or leased an affected Mercedes in Scotland or Northern Ireland, you can still complete our questionnaire, but your claim will be handled slightly differently.
The litigation will be free at the point of use. Harcus Parker will act on a no-win, no-fee basis, and will pay any third-party costs which are necessary in order to progress the claims to trial.