Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:37

U.S. Reaches $1.5B Settlement with Daimler AG Over Emissions Cheating in Mercedes-Benz Diesel Vehicles


The settlement addresses allegations made in separate civil complaints filed by the U.S. and CARB in the District of Columbia that, from 2009 to 2016, Daimler manufactured, imported and sold more than 250,000 diesel Sprinter vans and passenger cars with undisclosed AECDs and defeat devices programmed into the vehicles’ complex emissions control software. 


These devices cause the vehicles to produce compliant results during emissions testing. But when not running a test, the vehicles’ emissions controls perform differently, and less effectively, resulting in an increase in NOx emissions above compliant levels. 


NOx emissions from vehicles play a key role in ground-level ozone production and negatively impact human health. Indeed, studies have indicated that breathing ozone may cause damage to lung tissue in children and adults, and it may worsen conditions like asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. The pollutant has also been linked to cardiac disease. 


“By requiring Daimler to pay a steep penalty, fix its vehicles free of charge and offset the pollution they caused, today’s settlement again demonstrates our commitment to enforcing our nation’s environmental laws and protecting Americans from air pollution,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen.


“The message we are sending today is clear. We will enforce the law. We will protect the environment and public health. And if you try to cheat the system and mislead the public, you will be caught,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Those that violate public trust in pursuit of profits will forfeit both.”

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