In the United States against the German automaker Mercedes-Benz filed a complaint for falsification of data on emissions of diesel vehicles with emissions reducing technology BlueTEC, according to Bloomberg.
The lawsuit was filed from law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, which is actively involved in the diesel with the Volkswagen scandal.
The plaintiffs indicate that the device installed on diesel engines with BlueTEC technology that allows the vehicles in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) to disable the control of harmful emissions and thereby disrupt established in the U.S. norms, making these cars less environmentally friendly than the automaker claims.
The lawsuit was filed by the owner of Mercedes in the state of Illinois, which, in turn, claims that the device is used only to disable the engine in the BlueTEC system, which is designed to reduce the proportion of nitrogen oxide in the exhaust.
The representative of Daimler AG (Mercedes — Daimler trademark) Joerg Howe called the lawsuit “baseless” and said the company will appeal the claim and to protect its reputation.
Amid reports about the lawsuit to Mercedes of Daimler’s shares in Frankfurt fell by 4.2%, demonstrating the biggest decline since February 4, says Bloomberg.
The issue of compliance of diesel engines with environmental standards has become a widely covered, in the summer of 2015 at the German car concern Volkswagen was discovered the software that allows you to bypass environmental regulations in the USA. The head of the concern Martin Winterkorn was forced to leave his post, and German prosecutors launched an investigation into his activities. In several countries of Europe and Asia began a test in relation to the Volkswagen.