What is the issue with mold in Mercedes vehicles?
Mercedes mold class action complaints allege that the HVAC System installed in these vehicles harbors a “serious design defect that causes the HVAC System to (a) accumulate mold and mildew residue or growth within the HVAC System; (b) emit a moldy or mildew odor that permeates the vehicle cabin when the HVAC System is activated; and (c) cause the Vehicle’s passenger cabin to be unbearable and thus unusable for its intended purpose.”
Which Mercedes vehicles are involved in the class actions?
The following Mercedes vehicles have been identified as potentially having the mold problem:
- 2004-2012 Mercedes A-Class;
- 2001-2017 Mercedes C-Class;
- 2000-2014 Mercedes CL-Class;
- 2013-2017 Mercedes CLA-Class;
- 2003-2009 Mercedes CLK-Class;
- 2004-2017 Mercedes CLS-Class;
- 2003-2016 Mercedes E-Class;
- 2007-2017 Mercedes GLClass;
- 2010-2016 Mercedes GLK-Class;
- 2006-2016 Mercedes M-Class;
- 2017 Mercedes GLE-Class;
- 2006-2015 Mercedes R-Class;
- 1999-2017 Mercedes S-Class;
- 2003-2012 Mercedes SL-Class;
- 2004-2016 Mercedes SLK-Class; and,
- 2002-2013 Maybach 57 and 62.
What types of claims are being pursued in the Mercedes mold class action?
First, Plaintiffs are pursuing claims of fraudulent concealment. In other words, they are claiming Mercedes knew of the problem. However, they never told consumers. Second, Plaintiffs are pursuing violations of state consumer protection acts based on the same facts. Third, they are pursuing breach of warranty claims.
How have the courts responded to Mercedes mold class action claims?
Generally, the courts have ruled that consumers who purchased these vehicles have brought forth enough facts to support them. However, further court proceedings will be necessary to determine if there will be any Mercedes mold class action settlement or recovery.
Should I wait and see what happens with the Mercedes mold class action cases or should I take action now?
The current class action cases may or may not cover the state where you purchased your vehicle. Further, some states do not recognize consumers’ rights to wait until a class action is concluded before deciding what to do. In other words, the statute of limitations may prohibit some states’ consumers from pursuing their own individual claims if they don’t like the result in the class action.
Does it cost anything for an initial consultation with a lawyer?
Webster Book LLP offers a free initial consultation on Mercedes mold class action cases and individual claims. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please fill out the form below to set up an appointment or, if you would prefer, please call us at 888-987-9991.