The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has requested information from Mercedes-Benz about the emissions from some of its vehicles.
The request comes as a result of a class-action lawsuit filed by law firm Hagens Berman earlier this month in the New Jersey District Court. The lawsuit alleges that the German automaker is deceiving its customers with false representations of its BlueTEC diesel vehicles, which Mercedes-Benz markets as “the world’s cleanest and most advanced.”
A spokesman for Daimler said the company is fully cooperating with the request for information and that Mercedes-Benz vehicles conform with all rules and norms. The EPA stressed that it has not opened an official investigation but has only requested information.
Similar to the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the lawsuit accuses Mercedes-Benz of knowingly programming its clean diesel vehicles to emit illegal and dangerous levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx), up to 65 times higher than what is permitted by the EPA.
The German automaker did note that under certain circumstances, a system to treat exhaust fumes could operate at a level of reduced effectiveness to prevent condensation from building up in the exhaust system. However, this is fully permissible under the law.
[Source: Automotive News]
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