Mercedes-Benz has agreed to a settlement in the diesel emissions class action lawsuit. The agreement will provide cash payments and other benefits to current and former owners of the 83,000 BlueTEC diesel vehicles in Canada.
The proposed settlement was announced by law firm Koskie Minsky LLP, with Lenczner Slaght LLP also working as counsel. The cash value of the settlement has said to come in at about $243 million.
Back in April of 2016 the company was asked by the U.S Justice Department to internally probe its exhaust emissions certification process, which came soon after it was discovered that Volkswagen had cheated on diesel tests and lied about their cars pollution levels worldwide.
Settlement 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 settlement is only proposed at this time, and is subject to approval by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The announcement estimated the approval hearing will take place on February 9, 2022.
Last Updated on January 20, 2022
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