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Mercedes-Benz settles products liability lawsuit

Mercedes-Benz owners in North Dakota who have suffered the consequences of defective and dangerous seat heaters may be interested to know that the manufacturer has settled a class action lawsuit involving approximately 270,000 vehicles. The products liability lawsuit, which was filed in another state, claimed the heating devices could cause fires. Although Mercedes proposed a settlement, the company continues to deny the allegations.

Court documents included reports from several Mercedes owners who had experienced incidents in which smoke came from the seats while the heaters were on. Various levels of burning allegedly occurred in those cases, although no serious injuries were reported. The models include M-Class, R-Class and GL-Class Mercedes-Benz from 2000 through 2007 that have the seat heaters that were originally fitted by the manufacturers.

According to the lawsuit, dangerous fires can result from the overheating of the copper wires used in the design of the heaters. To avoid costly and prolonged litigation, Mercedes agreed to allow a choice of free repairs to the wiring or extended warranties on the seat covers. The defendant also agreed to reimburse Mercedes owners who have already had repairs done to the seat heaters.

Recovery of damages can be pursued if a dangerous product caused any personal injury and other damages. Manufactures have certain standards to maintain that will not threaten the safety of consumers. Products liability lawsuits can be complicated with many challenges, particularly when a global company with unlimited resources is the defendant. For that reason, many North Dakota victims of product defects choose to utilize the services of an experienced products liability attorney to handle the legal proceedings for them.

Source:, "Mercedes-Benz Heated Seats Will Be Repaired After Lawsuit", David A. Wood, Aug. 27, 2017

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