Daimler reaches deal to settle USA diesel emissions claims

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2020

In a statement, Daimler said they've reached an agreement, in principle, with various U.S. authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, the California Attorney General's Office, the U.S Department of Justice and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

A few years ago when it first began emerging that some diesel Mercedes were possibly cheating emissions tests, a Daimler spokesman said, "All our vehicles comply with regulatory frameworks".

Volkswagen spent over a year misleading investigators, while Daimler cooperated from the get-go, according to The New York Times. The issue itself covers around 250,000 diesel-powered passenger cars and vans in the US that were found to be emitting more harmful exhaust gases than normal. The company boosted provisions for legal and regulatory costs as a result.

Daimler said its board of management and the supervisory boards of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG approved the proposed settlements, but noted that they are subject to final approval by the relevant authorities and courts.

The agreement with U.S. authorities regards civil and environmental claims related to the emission-control systems of about 250,000 cars and vans in the U.S. Daimler expects to bear hundreds of millions of euros in additional expenses related to fulfilling requirements of the settlements and said the costs will impact its business over the next three years. The agency went on to say it will share more details after U.S. agencies file consent decrees in court, which should happen sometime in mid-September.

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