The enquiries into car emissions irregularities have been ongoing ever since Volkswagen hit the headlines in 2015 over allegations that they had manipulated vehicular systems to cheat emissions tests. While only Volkswagen has been proven to have engaged in misleading practices in the UK’s courts so far, allegations have been levelled at several other car manufacturers. Of those, we are representing people who are making a Mercedes emissions compensation claim with us on a No Win, No Fee basis.
As specialists in group action lawsuits, we are accustomed to holding large corporations to account on behalf of consumers. When it comes to emissions, we were the first firm to issue High Court proceedings in the action against Volkswagen in England and Wales. We represent our clients in order to uphold their rights as consumers, so we want to make sure that no affected car owners miss out on their chance to access justice.
The Mercedes emissions recall
In 2017, Mercedes initiated a recall of diesel vehicles across Europe amid allegations that defeat devices had been installed in some models. Mercedes was subsequently asked to issue a UK recall as well.
The allegations remain denied in full by the carmaker. Despite this, for those who have had their vehicles recalled for software updates, they may be eligible to make a Mercedes emissions compensation claim with is today on a No Win, No Fee basis.
When we look at the VW software updates, the updates themselves may bring about issues with vehicles, and this is something that we are closely monitoring. In the case of VW, some owners have reported that the update has affected the performance of vehicles.
It is widely believed that carmakers using defeat devices did so for the purpose of ensuring optimal performance, as lowering emissions output can mean compromising on the power of the cars’ engines.
The implications of cheating emissions tests
If the Mercedes is found to have been cheating emissions tests, owners could be eligible for compensation. The use of defeat devices not only means breaking UK emissions regulations, but it can also mean breaching consumer rights. This is on top of exacerbating the damage caused to the environment and human health by car emissions.
Any affected car owners will likely have purchased their vehicles on the basis that they were legal and safe to drive. If they were producing illegal levels of emissions, the vehicles will not have met the standards they were supposed to. As such, many affected owners could be entitled to make a Mercedes emissions compensation claim where the use of defeat devices is proven to be established.
For cases where the CPUT (Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations) applies, consumers might be able to access compensation up to the full price paid for the vehicle. This could, therefore, amount to tens of thousands of pounds. In addition, if your vehicle should experience performance issues after a software update, you may be able to recover damages for this fault too.
Make your Mercedes emissions compensation claim
Having pioneered legal action against Volkswagen, we are determined to ensure that any other carmakers suspected of cheating are held to account. Mercedes is no exception in the event that the allegations (which they strongly refute) are proven to be true.
If you are concerned that your vehicle may have been affected, simply use our online form here to see if you are eligible to make a Mercedes emissions compensation claim. If they have engaged in misleading and deceitful practices, Mercedes could be liable to issue huge compensation pay-outs to eligible customers
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.
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First published by Matt on February 22, 2021
Posted in the following categories: Automotive Emissions Scandal Group Actions and tagged with class actions | compensation claims | group action | Mercedes