EPA Requests Diesel Information From Mercedes-Benz

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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