Mercedes owners may be ‘eligible for compensation’ according to this former Top Gear host

Mercedes owners may be ‘eligible for compensation’ according to this former Top Gear host

Mercedes Benz owners could be entitled to money back if Mercedes have used defeat devices to cheat emissions tests, says the Fifth Gear star. Ms Butler-Hederson has openly backed a legal challenge by international law firm Hausfield who is bringing action against VW and Daimler relating to the emissions scandal.

Law firm PGMBM has lodged a group litigation claim against Mercedes parents company Daimler AG. 

They say real world emissions produced by the cars could exceed EU and UK limits by up to 10 times the legal amount. 

These higher nitrogen oxide levels are toxic to the environment and can be harmful to anyone who is exposed to them regularly

They claim the company has misled customers over the amount of emissions their vehicle produces between 2007 and 2018. 

Nicola Boyle, Partner leading the firm’s challenge said there could be hundreds of thousands of cars on the roads admitting more carbon emissions than is lawful. 

She said: “The German Transport Authority found inadmissible emissions-altering devices in a number of Mercedes-Benz’s diesel models.  

“With further investigations ongoing, there may be hundreds of thousands of vehicles on the road in the UK which are emitting more NoX than is lawful. 

“Hausfeld is leading emissions claims against Mercedes and VW in Germany and we’re pleased to be able to put that experience to use on behalf of UK consumers and businesses who may have owned affected Mercedes vehicles.” 

In 2018, the German motor authority found 380,000 cars had been fitted with the illegal defeat devices. 

However, since allegations emerged, Mercedes have denied the claims as they warned the group would “defend” against any actions. 

A Mercedes spokesperson said: “We believe that the claims are without merit and will vigorously defend against any group action.”

Published at Tue, 16 Jun 2020 10:33:00 +0000