Arizona gets $6 million in Mercedes-Benz consumer fraud settlement

Nov 18, 2022, 8:00 PM
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(Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Arizona has secured about $6 million in a consumer fraud settlement with Mercedes-Benz and Robert Bosch LLC, officials announced Friday.

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch were accused of approving and marketing BlueTEC vehicles as “the most environmentally conscious diesel option in the world,” according to a press release from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

The Mercedes-Benz vehicles were manipulated with the installation of defeat devices, which made them emit lower levels of pollution during testing than during actual driving conditions.

Bosch allegedly developed, manufactured, marketed, tested and sold the electronic diesel control that allowed Mercedes to manipulate emissions controls.

Mercedes will pay $2,835,000 in consumer restitution and $2,715,000 in penalties.

Bosch will also pay $525,000 in penalties.

Arizona consumers who quality for restitution can receive up to $625 per affected vehicle.

Here’s the list of affected vehicles:

  • E250 (2014-2016)
  • E350 (2011-2013)
  • GL320 (2009)
  • GL350 (2010-2016)
  • GLE300d (2016)
  • GLE350d (2016)
  • GLK250 (2013-2015)
  • ML250 (2015)
  • ML320 (2009)
  • ML350 (2010-2014)
  • R320 (2009)
  • R350 (2010-2012)
  • S350 (2012-2013)
  • Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner Sprinter 4-cylinder (2014-2016)
  • Mercedes-Benz or Freightliner Sprinter 6-cylinder (2010-2016)

Qualifying owners as of Sept. 14, 2020, will be identified and contacted.

Anyone who believes they were a victim can also file a consumer complaint on the AG’s website.

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Arizona gets $6 million in Mercedes-Benz consumer fraud settlement