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News   December 14, 2021   by Adam Malik

Details on the Mercedes-Benz diesel class actions settlement


Mercedes-Benz’s American and Canadian operations have agreed to a settlement on a diesel emissions class action lawsuit.

The agreement affects about 83,000 BlueTEC diesel vehicles in Canada. The proposed settlement, announced by law firm Koskie Minsky LLP, will provide cash payments and other benefits to current and former owners and lessees.

The cash value of the settlement comes in at about $243 million.

“The settlement also provides significant value to class members in the form of an emissions repair that provides for cleaner emissions that will comply with Canadian emissions standards,” the law firm’s announcement said.

Litigation has been ongoing for six years. The company was asked by the U.S. Justice Department in April 2016 to internally probe its exhaust emissions certification process. The request came soon after it was discovered that Volkswagen had been cheating on its diesel emissions tests.

Lenczner Slaght LLP also worked as counsel.

As noted, this settlement is only proposed at this time. It is subject to approval by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The announcement said the approval hearing will take place on February 9, 2022.

The payments will cover model year 2009-2016 Mercedes-Benz and model year 2010-2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters with BlueTEC II emission control systems. Those affected will be able to receive:

  • Cash payments of up to $2,925 to all who receive the emissions repair.
  • Cash payments of up to $835 for all former owners and lessees.
  • Additional cash payments ranging between $330.20 and $660.40 for various reasons including those relating to delays of the emissions repair, requirements to reclassify the emissions standard or reduced vehicle performance.
  • A buyback option in some circumstances

“This result is the culmination of a concerted effort to bring to a conclusion an unfortunate chapter in automotive history in North America,” said Peter Griffin, counsel at Lenczner Slaght.

In August 2020, Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, announced it reached settlements in the U.S. for the same claim. That cost the company US$2.2 billion.


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6 Comments » for Details on the Mercedes-Benz diesel class actions settlement
  1. My GLK 250 has it’s engine light on every since I purchased new in 2015 even after several repairs…

    • Harry W says:

      Same here. I have the same exact problem and the problem has never been resolved since then. Anybody knows what to do?

    • Marc leblanc says:

      I bought a e250 two years old
      Mercedes claims it does not have a frequent hesitation due to a blocked injector.
      i say it does and has from purchase date
      I paid for an extended warranty for little benefit

  2. Martin says:

    This settlement it is joke compare to VW TDI.
    I still waiting on restitutions from VW but at least they give us options to change or buy the car and the money was twice what MB offers.
    The biggest shame is Bosch they are the one installing these devices and they sending pennies.
    The money again goes to the lawyers that they represent the consumer.

  3. Frank Grandchamp says:

    As a previous owner I submitted a claim. When is the payout supposed to occur?

  4. Walter Huber says:

    Yes it is a joke. I have bought my ML350 in November of 2021. Since then I had Mercedes dismantle my Diesel engine twice to clean out the carbons because they couldn’t get the car to run right. Cost $ 8.500.00. I collected all the invoices form the former owner for al the work done to this car. Total over $ 100.000.00 since new. Most of it done on warranty till 2020. The car has now only 98.000 km on it. Does run nice now since they did the change of the exhaust and recall upgrade. I hope it will stay this way. if not I will trade the car in for another car manufacturer . I drive Mercedes cars for the past 35 years and still own 4 Mercedes (antique cars) 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet W111, 280 SL W113, 560 SL R107 and 500 SL R129. No problems ever with any of these cars. What happened to the good Quality Mercedes was once known for and produced till 1994?

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