The US Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency and California Attorney General’s Office said Daimler violated environmental laws by using so-called “defeat device software” to circumvent emissions testing. In doing so, the companies sold approximately 250,000 cars and vans between 2009 and 2016 with diesel engines that did not meet state and federal standards.
The settlement, which also includes civil penalties and is still awaiting court approval in Washington, will require Daimler to fix the vehicles already sold.
Department of Justice officials said Daimler AG should repair at least 85% of the affected cars within two years and at least 85% of the affected vans. The company should also provide extended warranties on some vehicles and conduct emission tests on repaired vehicles each year for the next five years.
Deputy Attorney Geoffrey Rosen said that in order for Daimler to pay a harsher penalty, fix its vehicles, and compensate for the pollution caused by them, today’s agreement is again to enforce our nation’s environmental laws and protect Americans. Reflects our commitment to protect. in a statement.
Daimler AG said a separate class action settlement would bring a one-off charge of about $ 700 million. In a statement, the company also stated that settling the emission charges means that Daimler does not accept any liability nor does the company have to buy back any vehicles under consideration.
Daimler AG did not clarify how the vehicles would be cleaned or whether it accused them of some wrongdoing, such as Volkswagen, which paid $ 2.8 billionEmissions originated from cheating on tests. Fiat Chrysler is also being investigated .
VW considered that it turned on pollution control when the vehicles were being tested in EPA laboratories, then stopped them when diesel vehicles were on actual roads. VW cheated EPA years agoBy a nonprofit and researchers at West Virginia University.
As part of the disposal of Daimler AG, officials in California will receive $ 17.5 million for future environmental enforcement.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement, “Installing defeat device software on your vehicles is not more qualified to cheat emissions regulators.” “It means that once we catch you you will pay more in penalties. And we will, because theaters are not really as smart as they think.”
Daimler AG’s pollution practices are also under investigation in Germany, where civil lawsuits claim that vehicles emit more pollutants than advertised.
In April 2016, the Department of Justice asked Daimler to conduct an internal investigation of its exhaust emissions certification process. The request came after the EPA began investigating all diesel engines after VW’s fraud was revealed.
Steve Burman, a Seattle attorney who filed a lawsuit against Daimler over Mercedes diesel pollution, said that in 2016 his firm hired a company to test Mercedes Diceles on real roads, which found that they were nearly Too much nitrogen oxides are precipitated all the time. Burman accused Mercedes of calling the software a “defeat device” that was similar to VW.