BERLIN, July 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s largest consumer protection group on Wednesday filed a complaint against automaker Daimler (DAIGn.DE) which it claims would make it easier for Mercedes owners to obtain redress following a diesel emissions scandal.
The lawsuit, filed by the VZBV in a regional court in Stuttgart, aims to set a precedent that would allow Mercedes GLC and GLK car owners to obtain compensation for software that was allegedly used to cheat emissions tests.
“Those who may have been affected will be assured that Daimler AG has deliberately installed illegal deactivation devices in several vehicle models,” VZBV chief Klaus Mueller said in a statement.
“Despite official recalls, Daimler AG so far denies having deliberately manipulated the emissions of its cars. The Stuttgart regional court is expected to declare this. This would provide legal clarity for many consumers who have been affected.”
Daimler said he viewed the broadcasts litigation against him as unfounded and would challenge the case brought by the VZBV.
The VZBV estimates that a total of 254,000 Mercedes vehicles have been recalled in Germany. Its so-called Musterfeststellungsklage – or Model Declaratory Action – covers almost 50,000 Mercedes GLC and GLK models.
The recall was ordered in 2018 and the VZBV said it was filing its case before Daimler’s potential legal liability expired after a three-year period had expired.
Daimler did not admit any wrongdoing in the case, which is part of the larger ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal that has cost rival Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) more than 32 billion euros (38 billion euros). dollars) in vehicle repairs, fines and court costs. Read more
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Reporting by Douglas Busvine and Alexander Huebner, editing by Thomas Escritt
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