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UK Mercedes Owners May Be Owed Compensation – Find Out Why

Mercedes diesel car owners in the UK who purchased their vehicles between 2008 and 2019 may be eligible to receive compensation through a Mercedes emissions claim. This is something many drivers have been waiting for, especially after the Dieselgate scandal of 2015, which started with popular carmaker Volkswagen.

The diesel emissions scandal may have started out as an isolated incident for VW but authorities were relentless in their pursuit of uncovering other similar schemes. Eventually, the scam spread from the US (where it all began) to Europe and the UK, to the whole world. Today, thousands upon thousands (maybe even millions) of car owners are affected and inconvenienced by the impacts of the scandal. This is why law firms throughout the UK have been encouraging affected drivers to claim compensation from their carmakers.

Car owners stand to claim compensation worth a maximum of £10,000. The exact amount of compensation will depend on the circumstances of each case. 

What are diesel emissions claims?

Emissions claims are legal actions brought against car manufacturers involved in the Dieselgate scandal. The claims are compensation for the losses that affected car owners suffered from their carmaker’s deceitful actions.

These claims allow drivers to hold their manufacturers responsible for not adhering to emissions standards, breaking the law, and mis-selling defeat device-equipped vehicles as clean, high-performing, and environmentally safe. 

Mercedes emissions claims

Mercedes emissions claims are brought by owners of Mercedes-Benz vehicles against the said manufacturer. 

In the US, the first legal action started a year or so after the 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Owners of affected Mercedes-Benz diesel engines joined together and decided to file a class-action lawsuit in relation to the discovery of emissions tampering devices in their vehicles.

The first Mercedes emissions claim in the UK, on the other hand, did not surface until the year 2020. In 2021, VZBV or the Federation of German Consumer Organizations brought a class-action lawsuit against Daimler, Mercedes’ parent company, through the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court. The claim was for the compensation of around 50,000 affected Mercedes car owners. A Europe-wide legal action against the carmaker was also possible.

If the court is in favour of the car owners, Mercedes and Daimler may have to spend millions to cover the compensation costs. Additionally, authorities may also order them to recall more vehicles.

Why should car owners receive compensation?

The Dieselgate scandal saw US authorities call on the Volkswagen Group officials after the Environmental Protection Board and the California Air Resources Board found defeat devices in VW and Audi diesel vehicles throughout the country. These defeat devices are cheat software programmed to determine when a vehicle is in emissions testing.

After determining that the vehicle is being tested, the devices automatically lessen emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and keep these within the World Health Organization-recommended limits. Therefore, the vehicle appears clean and efficient.

In reality, however, the defeat devices mask or hide the real emissions levels. So, once the vehicle is out of the lab and used on real roads, the software switches back to factory settings and voluminous amounts of nitrogen oxide are released into the air. The levels of NOx emissions almost always violate EU and WHO-mandated limits.

As such, VW and Audi diesel vehicles are heavy pollutants.

Other carmakers were also caught using the illegal defeat devices, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Peugeot, Renault, Alfa Romeo, Skoda, Nissan, Citroën, Vauxhall, and Jeep, among others. 

The Volkswagen Group and all the other involved manufacturers deceived their customers and mis-sold the vehicles as premium-priced high-performance and environmentally safe products. The truth was that the car owners had no idea that they were driving around towns and cities in vehicles that emitted dangerous gases. 

Nitrogen oxide emissions

The dangerous pollutants mentioned above refer to as NOx or nitrogen oxide, a group of gases that includes nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO). These chemicals catalyse acid rain and smog, as well as ground-level ozone, which greatly impacts vegetation.

Exposure to nitrogen oxide emissions may lead to a reduction in a person’s cognitive abilities, and can also trigger depression, anxiety, and certain mental health-related issues.

The most threatening effects of NOx emissions exposure, though, are those linked to a person’s overall health.

Low-level exposure can lead to headaches, nausea and vomiting, lung issues, fluid in the lungs, asthma, and respiratory diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis. 

High-level NOx emissions exposure can have devastating impacts on human health. A person’s susceptibility to diseases increases, particularly to cardiovascular issues and certain cancers. They can also develop spasms of the vocal cords (otherwise known as laryngospasm), suffer from asphyxiation, and lung function may gradually and chronically lessen. 

Premature death is also a possible impact of exposure to nitrogen oxide emissions.

These environmental and health impacts should encourage affected carmakers to bring claims charges against their manufacturers. 

Diesel claim eligibility

Owning a Mercedes-Benz does not automatically make you eligible to claim emissions compensation. You have to verify your eligibility first before proceeding with your legal case. ClaimExperts.co.uk is highly recommended for this task as they know which direction to take after verifying that you are qualified to make a diesel claim. Get in touch with them right away to start your Mercedes emissions claim process.

Thaddeus Rudy
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