Mercedes diesel owners file new lawsuit in United States

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 1:48 PM

U. S. law firm Hagens Berman, which had already filed a complaint in February, said new tests had shown that Mercedes BlueTEC cars produced nitrogen oxide emissions in virtually all road tests that were distant higher than in controlled lab tests."The fact that Mercedes passed the dynamometer test in all tests, but failed the genuine world test, is suggestive that love VW (), Mercedes is implementing a 'beat device'," it said in its complaint filed in the District Ct of New Jersey.

Owners of Mercedes diesel cars filed a new class-action lawsuit in the United States saying the vehicles likely contained a "beat device" used to cheat emissions testing, an accusation that Daimler (), which owns the carmaker, denied.

U. S. law firm Hagens Berman, which had already filed a complaint in February, said new tests had shown that Mercedes BlueTEC cars produced nitrogen oxide emissions in virtually all road tests that were distant higher than in controlled lab tests.

"The fact that Mercedes passed the dynamometer test in all tests, but failed the genuine world test, is suggestive that love VW (), Mercedes is implementing a 'beat device'," it said in its complaint filed in the District Ct of New Jersey.

Daimler said in a statement on Friday: "We consider this class action lawsuit to be unfounded. Our position remains unchanged: A component that inadmissibly reduces emissions isn't used in Mercedes-Benz vehicles."

BlueTEC is a filter system which uses urea to assistance rid exhaust fumes of health threatening nitric oxides. It's fairly costly and used mainly in heavier cars love Diamler'south large limousines or sports utility vehicles, which are equipped with powerful diesel engines.

The complaint previously filed by Hagens Berman was more limited, alleging that Daimler knowingly programmed its so-called spotless diesel vehicles to emit illegal levels of nitrogen oxide in low temperatures.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency said at the time it'd requested information from Daimler in light of the lawsuit but hadn't opened an official investigation.

VW, Europe'south biggest carmaker, is facing its biggest crisis in recent memory after it acknowledged latest Sept that it'd rigged exhaust emission tests for up to eleven million vehicles worldwide.

(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan and Edward Taylor; Editing by Keith Weir)

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