German carmaker Mercedes-Benz was implicated in the Dieselgate diesel emissions scandal that broke in September 2015. US authorities alleged that the carmaker installed defeat devices in their diesel vehicles, just like what the primary perpetrator of the scandal, Volkswagen, did.

Throughout the years, Mercedes and its parent company Daimler have consistently denied the allegations and still insist they did not do anything that went against emissions regulations. Despite this, though, the company has agreed to pay compensation to affected car owners. Mercedes and Daimler have also recalled thousands upon thousands of affected vehicles for engine correction. 

What did Mercedes-Benz do?

Volkswagen, Mercedes, and all the other carmakers implicated in the diesel emissions scandal allegedly equipped their diesel vehicles with defeat devices that are designed to detect when a vehicle was being tested for emissions. The devices then reduce emission levels artificially to ensure that these stay within the limits set by the World Health Organization or WHO.

However, once the vehicle is driven in real-world conditions, they emit extremely high levels of nitrogen oxides (or NOx). Often, the numbers are multiple times higher than the legal limits set by the European Union and WHO. Thus, a vehicle equipped with defeat devices is a heavy pollutant.

Nitrogen oxide emissions are some of the most dangerous pollutants and exposure to them can lead to serious health impacts. 

Therefore, car manufacturers mis-sold their vehicles and marketed them as clean and safe even if they were deadly pollutants. They potentially deceived and lied to their customers. 

What does nitrogen oxide do?

NOx or nitrogen oxide is a group of gases that have NO or nitric oxide and NO2 or nitrogen dioxide as main components. When it reacts with compounds, it forms acid rain, smog, and ground-level ozone. 

Nitrogen oxide can stunt the growth of plants and crops. Vegetation continually exposed to nitrogen oxide also becomes susceptible to frost. 

NOx is also said to trigger mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. The health impacts can be serious, regardless of the level of exposure.

Anyone exposed to nitrogen oxide emissions can suffer from headaches, chronic lung issues, breathing problems, asthma or aggravated asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and other respiratory-related illnesses. Exposure to high amounts of nitrogen oxides can cause serious health impacts, such as laryngospasm (or spasm/closing of the vocal cords), asphyxiation, increased cancer and cardiovascular disease risk, and premature death.

The first case of air pollution-related early death in the UK was that of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah. Ella made several ER trips and hospital/doctor visits for months before she succumbed to a severe asthma attack. She and her mother lived near South Circular Road in London, which is one of the city’s most polluted areas. Since Ella walked to school daily, she passed by the area and ingested toxic air, thus exposing her to high levels of nitrogen oxides. Her mother Rosamund believed that if they had been well-educated and informed about the effects of air pollution on human health, she and Ella could have avoided passing through the polluted areas in their community.

In December 2020, after an inquest on her death, the coroner ruled that Ella died because of air pollution. Nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles ended her life prematurely.

Ella’s story is one of the reasons why legal experts encourage affected car owners to file an emissions claim against their manufacturer. This will allow them to receive compensation for the inconvenience – financial or otherwise – that the defeat devices have caused them. It is also compensation for the deceit their manufacturer allegedly committed.

Are you eligible for a Mercedes emissions claim?

If you have a Mercedes-Benz that was leased or bought between the years 2009 and 2019, you likely have the right to file a Mercedes emissions claim. The carmaker will send a notification that your car has to be recalled, but even if you did not receive any notice from them, you can still file a claim as long as your Mercedes was manufactured anytime between the above-mentioned years.

Additionally, you can refer to this checklist to determine if your vehicle is eligible for an emissions claim. 

  • It is manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and equipped with a BlueTec diesel engine
  • It was leased, financed, or bought
  • It was manufactured between 2009 and 2019 – 2011 for GLE and 2010 for the E-Class

Models that are affected by the emissions scandal are:

  • C-Class
  • CLS
  • E-Class
  • GLE
  • GLC
  • G-Class
  • GLK
  • S-Class
  • M-Class
  • SLC
  • SLK
  • Vito 
  • Sprinter

If you are eligible for a Mercedes emissions claim, find a panel of emissions solicitors to help you bring your case to court. They’re the right people to go to if you want to increase your chances of winning the case. Choose the panel of solicitors at Emissions.co.uk; they’re professionals and are dedicated to helping car owners like you who have been cheated on by their manufacturers. Visit their website to find out if you are eligible to claim and start your Mercedes emissions claim.