Alnwick man to sue Mercedes over alleged role in ‘dieselgate’ scandal
An Alnwick resident has joined a group of people who plan to sue Mercedes over the company’s alleged role in the ‘dieselgate’ scandal.
In June 2018, the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) accused Mercedes of fitting ‘cheating software’ into its diesel engines, which limited emissions during testing.
It is alleged this underrepresented the true emissions released on the road, resulting in Mercedes diesel engines not complying with regulations on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The firm was forced to recall 774,000 vehicles across Europe and owners now face potentially having to pay for their vehicles to be fixed so that they comply with emissions.
Kenneth Hunter, who lives in Alnwick, is working with national consumer rights law firm Slater and Gordon to bring a claim against Mercedes.
The claim is expected to become a group action litigation, with tens of thousands of consumers working together.
Mr Hunter said: “I was shocked to learn of Mercedes’ use of defeat devices in their diesel cars and am keen that all of us who have been let down by Mercedes should receive the compensation we are due.”
Gareth Pope, the lawyer in charge of the claim at Slater and Gordon, added: “Our clients will allege that Mercedes knowingly installed unlawful defeat devices in hundreds of thousands of UK vehicles that allowed them to pass emissions tests designed to protect human health and the environment while still being highly polluting on the road.
“As a result, our clients will allege that they have been deceived into purchasing these polluting vehicles for more than they were worth.
“As well as environmental and ethical reasons for holding Mercedes to account, there is also the very real possibility that owners have overpaid for a vehicle which doesn’t comply with emissions regulations and which may now need to be fixed.”
A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said: “We consider the claims made against our company to be unfounded and will defend ourselves with the necessary legal means.
“Mercedes-Benz is appealing against the administrative orders of the German Federal Motor Transport Authority. The courts will clarify the correct interpretation of relevant legal standards in this complex technical environment.
“In our view, the emission control functionalities objected to in the administrative orders by KBA are permissible.”