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UK Mercedes Owners Could Receive Up To £10,000 Each Over 'Dieselgate'

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UK Mercedes Owners Could Receive Up To £10,000 Each Over 'Dieselgate'

Up to one million Mercedes-Benz owners in the UK could be able to sue the German manufacturer, with lawyers saying the value of each claim 'may reach £10,000'.

Claimants are seeking compensation after Mercedes-Benz allegedly installed illegal emissions-cheating devices on some diesel vehicles, Bristol Live reports.

Mercedes described the allegations as 'unfounded'.

Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's owner, is accused of installing what's known as 'defeat devices', which artificially lowered emissions when vehicles detected they were being tested.

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It is the latest litigation to hit the car industry amid the 'dieselgate' scandal, in which Volkswagen and several other car manufacturers were found to have installed defeat devices - in turn meaning companies had to pay out billions are legal action was taken.

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Slater and Gordon, the law firm representing more than 14,000 claimants in the Mercedes-Benz case, expects the first hearing to take place in January.

It says affected diesel Mercedes vehicles were made between 2008 and 2018.

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A spokesperson for the firm told the Bristol Post: "It is estimated that 600,000 Mercedes vehicles in the UK may have been affected, with a potential one million individuals able to make a claim.

"The value of each claim may reach £10,000."

Slater and Gordon also says drivers are still able to join the claim even if they purchased an affected vehicle second hand.

Mercedes-Benz has said it will defend itself against the legal action.

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A statement said: "The European Commission explicitly found no evidence that there was any agreement regarding the use of prohibited defeat devices."

Ian Thomson, from Abbotts Leigh in Bristol, bought a second-hand Mercedes for £36,000 ($49,000) with about 3,000 miles on the clock.

After the purchase, he said he experienced fuel consumption and suspension problems with the car.

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Thomson told Bristol Live: "I bought a Mercedes C300 hybrid in 2014 from the Cruickshank Mercedes dealership in Bath. I had environmental issues very much in mind.

"I'm 77 and I want to do my bit for the planet before I pop off this mortal coil."

While he does not know if the issues are related to the alleged defeat device, Slater and Gordon advised: "In certain circumstances, it appears that the 'fix' implemented by Mercedes may have contributed to declining performance of vehicles, or even left motorists stranded by the roadside."

Thomson continued: "It had been advertised as being able to do 70 miles to the gallon, but even if I'm going downhill on the motorway I don't get that. I always felt cheated. If I'm driving on a flat road at 50mph I might get just about 60 miles to the gallon.

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"I also felt aggrieved with Mercedes because the suspension collapsed in the middle of the road, with the front bumper almost touching the ground.

"Even though I had a low mileage, Mercedes didn't want to know, and I had to pay well over £1,000 to get it repaired. As far as I'm concerned, Mercedes' name stinks.

"When I was contacted by solicitors a couple of years ago, the claim about defeat devices shocked me. Whether we get a token amount or a lot [in the group action], it's the principle that matters. It's the [alleged] misrepresentation."

LADbible has contacted Daimler for comment.

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Topics: UK News, News, Cars

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