“It is the second-largest civil penalty under the Clean Air Act on a per-vehicle basis. This penalty is larger than both the 2017 Volkswagen penalty and the 2019 Fiat Chrysler penalty,” said Andrew Wheeler, EPA Administrator.
The company agreed to an $ 875 million agreement with the EPA, the Department of Justice and the California Air Resources Board. As part of the agreement, Daimler will be required to fix more than 250,000 diesel-powered vans and passenger vehicles that were manufactured, imported and sold between 2009 and 2014 to bring them into legal compliance , And reduce the impact on them. The addition of software allows the emission environment.
The total cost of the settlement is estimated by agencies and Daimler at about $ 1.5 billion.
Lawyers representing the plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against Daimler for alleged fraud in the diesel emissions test announced a $ 700 million settlement with the automaker.
Despite the compromise, Daimler denies any wrongdoing.
“As stated in the consent and class action settlement, the company denies the allegations of the officers as well as the class action plaintiff’s claims and does not accept any liability in the United States, California, plaintiffs or otherwise,” Where is the company said.
Diesel engines are more fuel-efficient than gasoline engines, but they emit more hazardous emissions that can adversely affect health.
“In the long run, if you cheat, you’re about to get caught. Daimler is finding out today. But they’re not the first – nor the last – possibility to try,” California Attorney General Xavier Becharra said in a statement.