A Class (2009-2019), B Class (2009-2019), C Class (2009-2019), CLA (2009-2019), CITAN (2009-2019), CLS Class (2009-2019), E Class (2009-2019), G Class (2009-2019), GLA (2009-2019), GLC (2009-2019), GLE (2009-2019), GLK (2009-2019), GLS 350D (2009-2019), M Class (2009-2019), ML (2009-2019), S Class (2009-2019), SLK (2009-2019), SPRINTER (2009-2019), V Class (2009-2019), VITO (2009-2019)
This list may be updated as the investigations by the Foundation are still ongoing.
You can join the Claim if you are an individual owner, lessee, or fleet owner for most of the Mercedes diesel models that are either Euro 5 or Euro 6 approved and were manufactured between 1 January 2009 and the end of 2019.
In order to join, it is not necessary that you still own or lease your car.
The Case Against Peugeot, Citroën and DS
Peugeot, Citroën and DS were all part of the (former) PSA Group, which merged with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) into Stellantis in 2021. In the Netherlands alone Peugeot, Citroën and DS have sold around 200.000 diesel vehicles. Millions more were sold on the European market.
According to various sources of information researched by and available to the Foundation, all these Peugeot, Citroën and DS diesel cars were provided with illegal defeat devices. These illegal defeat devices ensure that the vehicles concerned `comply` with the EU type-approval emission standards while tested, whilst, in reality, they do not. The Euro 5 vehicles (that were sold from 2009 to 2014) contain, inter alia, a thermal window that ensures that the emission control systems shut down during common temperatures. In addition, the Euro 6 vehicles (2015 to 2019) include additional illegal defeat devices that ensure that the AdBlue dosing is reduced substantially during the normal use of the vehicles. As a result, Peugeot, Citroën and DS emit much more NOx than legally permitted. In some cases, more than fourteen times the statutory limit. Despite this fraud, the PSA Group advertised its vehicles as being particularly environmentally friendly.
Peugeot, Citroën and DS’s reaction
With its actions the (former) PSA Group (currently the Stellanis Group) has caused extensive damage. The market for diesel cars has plummeted and the value of the cars has been reduced considerably. Moreover, the environment and public health have suffered at the hands of PSA’s Group behaviour. The French government initiated criminal proceedings against various entities within the PSA Group and in Germany a criminal investigation is pending as well. However, Peugeot, Citroën and DS continue to present themselves as “green” companies and act as if they are unaware of any wrongdoing.
Individual car owners don’t have the means to hold large international companies like Stellantis accountable. As a result, large companies tend to go free resulting in their customers being left empty-handed. The consequences of Peugeot, Citroën and DS’ (and Stellantis’) wrongdoing are, amongst others, a lower sales value of the diesel cars on the second-hand market and higher maintenance costs. However, relatively new legislation in the Netherlands, called the WAMCA, makes it possible for representatives like the Foundation to file a collective claim for damages on behalf of all injured parties. If this new legislation is found to be applicable, this may allow the Foundation to recover financial or other compensation to which you may be entitled on your behalf, without any risk to you.
The Foundation has already initiated class actions against five large automotive concerns (of which two are against Stellantis). With this, the Foundation has acquired substantial experience with tracking down illegal defeat devices and identifying affected vehicles. The Foundation has close relations with a leading IT expert that previously exposed the functioning of illegal defeat devices in cars of different brands, namely Volkswagen, Fiat, and Mercedes-Benz. The Foundation is currently the only Dutch representative that has this type of (technical) expertise. This expertise can and will ensure that the Foundation can make a difference. This expertise is what makes the Foundation the most suitable party to pursue your interests.CASE INFO
The Foundation started proceedings against, amongst others, Peugeot, Citroën and DS on 19 January 2022. The case is pending before the Amsterdam District Court and is registered under case number C/13/712812 / HA ZA 22-72. The defendants in the proceedings are Stellantis N.V., Stellantis Nederland B.V., PSA Automobiles S.A., Automobiles Peugeot S.A., Automobiles Citroën S.A.S., Opel Automobile GmbH, Adam Opel GmbH, General Motors Company, General Motors LLC, General Motors Holdings LLC, Vauxhall Motors Limited, Vauxhall Finance plc, IBC Vehicles Limited, PSA Retail UK Limited, and 126 Dutch car dealers. A list of all the car dealers involved in the proceedings can be found here.
On 14 March 2023, an oral hearing will take place at the District Court of Amsterdam regarding the following topics: jurisdiction, applicable law, admissibility of Emissions Justice, the appointment of an exclusive representative, and applicability of the WAMCA.
COURSE OF THE PROCEEDINGS
Your VIN is a 17-character ID and is located on your Registration, Insurance card and Title documents. Please note, you will need one of these documents to complete your registration as a claimant.
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