Daimler has been accused of selling approximately 250,000 diesel cars and vans from the Mercedes-Benz brand fitted with engine control software designed to cheat on emissions tests, much like VW’s “dieselgate” hack.
A year ago, Daimler agreed to pay almost $1 billion to settle with German authorities after the automaker was accused of selling 684,000 diesel vehicles that didn’t gel with local emissions rules. Recently, more precisely on Thursday, Daimler agreed to pay $2.2 billion to parties in the United States in settlement funds.
Out of which $1.5 billion is to settle claims made by U.S. authorities, specifically the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, the California Attorney General’s Office, the Department of Justice, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The remaining $700 million is for the consumers, “In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation,” a case pending in a New Jersey court.