...Mars Red paint any longer, meaning her vehicle would be different and allegedly less valuable than what she purchased.
The red paint lawsuit alleges Mercedes must have known about the peeling paint and clearcoat problems because a technical service bulletin (TSB LI98.00-P-058914) was issued in 2014. The bulletin concerned all vehicles with 590 Mars Red paint clearcoat that peeled, bubbled and flaked.
But according to the plaintiff, Mercedes refuses to order a recall to fix the red paint clearcoat problems.
According to the class action settlement agreement which still needs approval by the judge, the settlement covers repairs related to an alleged defect with the Mars Red paint that occurs during the first 15 years or 150,000 miles from the vehicle in-service date.
According to the red paint settlement, past paint repairs will be reimbursed on a sliding scale applied as of the date the past repair was made.
The percentage of reimbursement or coverage available for a particular repair is based on the vehicle’s age/mileage on the date of repair as follows:
- Vehicle age---time period/Category 1: Vehicles that have been in service for less than 7 years (84 months) and have less than 105,000 miles
- Warranty extension: 3 years and 55,000 miles
- Reimbursement/coverage amount: 100%
- Vehicle age---time period/Category 2: Vehicles that do not fall within Category 1 and have been in service for less than 10 years (120 months) and have 150,000 miles or less
- Warranty extension: 6 years and 100,000 miles
- Reimbursement/coverage amount: 50%
- Vehicle age---time period/Category 3: Vehicles that do not fall within Categories 1 or 2 and have been in service for less than 15 years (180 months) and have 150,000 miles or less
- Warranty extension: 11 years and 100,000 miles
- Reimbursement/coverage amount: 25%
Mercedes-Benz customers who need future repairs after the class action settlement notice date but before the effective date of the settlement and whose vehicles have both...