Daimler has reportedÂ that its subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz, was asked by theÂ United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reveal the emission levels of certainÂ car models. Daimler has said that the request for thisÂ information was made in responseÂ to a class-action lawsuit filed by the law firm Hagens Berman on February 18, 2016. The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in New Jersey.
The class-action lawsuitÂ states thatÂ Mercedes-Benz misleadsÂ prospective buyers with its BlueTEC vehicles by claimingÂ that they areÂ âthe worldâs cleanest and most advanced dieselsâ. The carmaker has also been accused of knowingly programming its BlueTEC vehicles to emit nitrogen oxide (NOx) up to 65 times higher than the levels permitted by the EPA while operating under temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
A Daimler spokesperson has said that the lawsuit is without merit butÂ the company is co-operating with the EPAâs request for information. The spokesperson further addedÂ that all Mercedes-Benz cars comply with the rules and regulations of the land.
However, Daimler did add that under some circumstances, a system which treats exhaust fumes could function at a lower level of efficiency in order to prevent condensation from building up. This condensation can lead to corrosion and affect the efficiency of the exhaust system and the engine. The spokesman confirmendÂ that this is permissible and not illegal.