Score one for diesel fans. A proposed class action lawsuit alleging Mercedes misled consumers about emissions on its BlueTEC Clean Diesel vehicles is off the table. A U.S. District Judge threw it out this week, ruling the plaintiffs just didn’t have a case.
The plaintiffs claimed Mercedes falsely advertised the BlueTEC vehicles as having lower emissions. The suit claimed owners later found out the emissions were higher than U.S. standards permitted. However, the judge said the plaintiffs failed to show they actually viewed any of Mercedes’ ads touting the cleaner technology.
It’s been tough going for clean diesel engines in the U.S. following Volkswagen’s emissions scandal. In September 2015, VW admitted it had rigged U.S. diesel emissions tests by using cheat software in its vehicles. Volkswagen ultimately agreed to pay $15.3 billion in settlements for owners as well as state and federal regulators.
In April, the U.S. Department of Justice asked Daimler to investigate the emissions certification process for its Mercedes vehicles. The automaker said it would cooperate with U.S. authorities, but did not admit to any wrongdoing.
On its website, Daimler touts its BlueTEC models as the “world’s most advanced diesels, with the ultra-low emissions, high fuel economy and responsive performance”.
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