MERCEDES BENZ customers could receive “thousands of pounds in compensation” if the German manufacturer is fined as part of an ongoing diesel emissions scandal, according to lawyers.
Lawyers say this week’s VW dieselgate ruling could be a concern for Mercedes who may face a similar fate if the court finds against them.
Aman Johal, director of Your Lawyers warns it could take a while to understand the full potential damage of the ruling.
He said: “Mercedes-Benz may be casting a concerned eye over this ruling. Earlier this year, it was announced that up to half a million Mercedes owners are potentially eligible for compensation payments if it is established that their vehicles contain a “defeat device”.
“It will take years until we know the full extent of the financial costs for Mercedes as well as the reputational damage this scandal could inflict.
They claim the firm has misled customers over the amount of emissions produced by their cars built between 2007 and 2018.
This is because there are fears the cars have a defeat device which is used to rig the outcomes of emissions tests.
Such a device lowers the amount of emissions the car produces to pass tough restrictions.
PGMBM supported the £10,000 per vehicle average based on compensation awarded in cases with similar issues.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Johal said: “As recent developments in the VW action and the Mercedes case in Germany are showing, there is no pulling the wool over the eyes of the experienced Judges presiding over these cases.
“Manufacturers have mis-sold vehicles based on claims about how environmentally friendly they were and deserve to be punished, and consumers should be entitled to claim compensation.”
The action comes one year after the Daimler group was fined up to $870 billion by German prosecutors over the emissions scandal.
In a statement provided to Express.co.uk after the PGMBM claims earlier in the month, Mercedes said they would defend against any action.
The statement said: “We believe that the claims are without merit and will vigorously defend against any group action.”
This week’s historic VW case saw the legendary car firm lose out to a disgruntled owner after a cheat emissions device was found in his car.
The ruling now sets a precedent for around 60,000 other cases in Germany with VW saying it would offer any affected motorists a one-off payment.
There are around 90,000 motorists in England and Wales who have taken action against Volkswagen and could jump at the recent ruling.
However, speaking to Express.co.uk a VW spokesperson said the verdict did not change the group’s legal position adding it had no consequences on the UK market.
Published at Sat, 30 May 2020 18:30:00 +0000