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Mercedes-Benz pays $5.5 million to settle Arizona diesel advertising lawsuit



WASHINGTON – German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and auto supplier Robert Bosch LLC have agreed to pay a total of about $6 million to settle a diesel engine lawsuit. advertisement statement, the US state of Arizona said on Friday.

Under the proposed settlement, Mercedes-Benz would pay $2.8 million in consumer compensation and each eligible Arizona consumer would receive up to $625 per vehicle, Attorney General Arizona attorney Mark Brnovich said.

“Arizona demands truth in advertising to assist consumers in making the most informed decisions for themselves,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz, which has denied the charges and has not admitted, will also pay a $2.7 million fine, and Robert Bosch LLC, also said it has admitted no liability or wrongdoing, will pay a $525,000 fine, Arizona said.

“With the settlement, the company goes one step further to solve various problems diesel oil proceedings… and avoid additional litigation costs and lengthy lawsuits,” Mercedes Benz said in a statement.

Bosch has confirmed a settlement involving motor control units for some Mercedes diesel engine vehicle.

In 2020, Mercedes-Benz agreed to pay $2.2 billion to settle a US government diesel engine emissions fraud investigations and claims from 250,000 vehicle owners in the United States.

The settlement includes an $875 million civil penalty imposed under the Purity Act. Air Act and $546 million to fix polluting vehicles and offset excess emissions.

A Justice Department investigation into Mercedes’ emissions remains open and several US states are conducting investigations into consumer protection and the environment, the company said in the report. annually in March.

Mercedes-Benz, then known as Daimler AGagreed in 2020 to pay 250,000 owners up to $3,290 each to acquire polluting vehicles repair.

Diesel-powered vehicles have come under intense scrutiny in the United States ever since. volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 that it installed secret cheat software on 580,000 US vehicles.

VW paid more than $30 billion to settle investigations and acquire vehicles.

Earlier this month, Bosch agreed to pay $25 million to settle a California investigation into its role in diesel emissions scandals at Volkswagen and fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

In August, US business Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellantis, was convicted after pleading guilty to criminal conspiracy and paying nearly $300 million to settle its diesel emissions fraud investigation. The United States Department of Justice spanned many years.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Mark Porter, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Alexander Smith)

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