Mercedes HVAC systemA settlement agreement has been reached that will resolve three Mercedes class action lawsuits alleging the heating, venting, and air conditioning system in 2.5 million vehicles is prone to smelling moldy.

A number of Mercedes owners lodged class action lawsuits against Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler AG over claims that when faced with complaints over mold smells in the cars, the luxury car maker refused to cover repairs under their warranty.

Daimler attempted to escape the Mercedes HVAC defect class action lawsuit, but a federal judge ruled that the parent company must face the claims early in 2019.

While the car makers refuse to admit any wrongdoing, the Mercedes HVAC class action settlement will cover a nationwide Class of current and former owners and lessees of certain models.

The Mercedes models included in the settlement are Mercedes-Benz 2008-19 C-Class, 2010-15 GLK-Class, 2012-17 CLS-Class, 2010-19 E-Class, 2015-19 GLA-Class, 2013-16 GL-Class, 2016-19 GLE-Class, 2017-19 GLS-Class, 2012-15 M-Class, and 2016-19 GLC-Class.



Under the terms of the settlement, Class Members can receive payment for past and future repairs. Payments are based on a sliding scale. Future payments will cover repairs for up to 125,000 miles or 10 years.

Specifically, Class Members will receive 100 percent if the repair occurs during the Warranty Coverage Period, or the earlier of four years of the in-service date or 50,000 miles; 70 percent, if the repair occurs from the end of the Warranty Coverage Period to the earlier of eight years from the in-service date or 100,000 miles; and 50 percent, if the repair occurs between the previous period and 10 years from the in-service date or 125,000 miles.

For past repairs, the Mercedes HVAC defect class action settlement states, “There is no limit to the number of claims or amount of total money that Mercedes will pay to reimbursed qualified past repairs. However, the reimbursable repair cost of a single repair done by an Independent Service Provider (as opposed to an Authorized Service Provider) shall not exceed $300 and, the total reimbursement for Independent repairs shall not exceed $900 per Vehicle.”

Class Members will be able to submit claims by mail or online and supporting documentation will be required.

“Class Members can receive Qualified Future Repairs by bringing their Vehicle to an Authorized Service Center, which will determine eligibility and perform the repairs,” states the settlement agreement. “Dispute resolution is available for Class Members who dispute their reimbursements or believe they are wrongfully denied coverage.”



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Plaintiffs’ attorneys are Ketan A. Patel of Corpus Law Patel LLC and Jonathan D. Selbin, Annika K. Martin and Sean A. Petterson of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP.

The Mercedes HVAC Defect Class Action Lawsuits are Sunil Amin and Trushar Patel v. Mercedes-Benz USA LLC and Daimler AG, Case No. 1:17-cv-01701, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; Manan Bhatt, et al. v. Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, Case No. 2:16-cv-03171, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; and Nicholas Biase, et al. v. Mercedes-Benz USA, Case No. 2:18-cv-17128, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

UPDATE: January 2020, the Mercedes HVAC class action settlement website is live. Click here for more information. 

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73 Comments

  • Lisa Thomas May 28, 2020

    This is my second Mercedes Benz and again same smells, please count me in the complaint.

  • Deborah Yeigh May 27, 2020

    I have a 2012 C Class. Bought the car used and from day one we have dealt with the nasty smell. My husband is a mechanic and changed the cabin filter and other filters several times. To no avail. Did not know what the problem was until now. Love my car but it’s always had the stinky smell. Include me please.

  • Doris Trapp May 27, 2020

    I have a C-250 2013, my car have that smell, I keep having to replace filters every six months, the smell still comes back, I have proof of how often I changes my filters. Please include me in this settlement.

  • Charles D. Simon May 27, 2020

    I have had a GLK350 2010 I bought for my wife and she noticed a smell after 1 year we took it to the dealer and they changed the Hepa filter and sprayed something. My wife was scared of mold so we traded it in on a 2013 GLK350 shortly after same symptoms so we traded it in on a 2015 GLE again we got rid of the crossover and now have a 2017 GLS 350 and MB of San Antonio has serviced and corrected whatever the problem was. I feel we would still have the 2010 as it only 20K when we traded it in. MB needs to be made example of please tell me how to get attached to the Law suit. I feel that I lost money with finance charges and loss of value on trade ins over a short period of time.

  • ifill grace May 23, 2020

    I HAVE A 2012 GLK MERCEEDES IT REALY STINKS WHEN I TUEN ON AC, I have complained several times to the company but no one can give me an answer. its very frustrating It really has put me off buying another Merceedes.

    I am very disappointed with my car. I can’t get rid of the smell.

  • Ashley Carter May 19, 2020

    I have a 2008 C300 4 door white Mercedes Benz. Currently my car is past the mold smell. I have mold in my car. Thankfully we do own more than one vehicle. We tried detailing the car. I’m from Baton Rouge, La, where the sun is just not friendly. I’ve had no help with the repairs. It’s like my car is totaled. If I’m paying for full coverage on my car with my insurance, can I do a claim? My car is paid for.

  • jonathan santos May 18, 2020

    We own a 2016 C300 which just check and it is included in this settlement. I have complained several times already to Mercedes and all i get is the round arounds . The Pungent , Mildew smell is awful. I refuse to pay for this service which i feel is greatly a Mercedes issue. I am wondering how i can get them to cover this due to the mercedes agreeing to this settlement ?

  • Randy Doan May 16, 2020

    2011 E350 I have that mold smell when I turn on my ac it lingers for a while then goes away.

  • Kelvin Diaz May 12, 2020

    I notice the smell several time and i got it detail deep cleaned and still smells humid like !
    E350

  • Luis E. Ortiz May 12, 2020

    Same here I had the moldy smell in my E350 4matic

  • Equanda Johnson May 12, 2020

    Yes I have a C300 Mercedes-Benz four door Gray sunroof in the top fully loaded clean vehicle has a bad smell to it also I have had a detail from the front to the back and the smell is still there

  • eva puhl May 11, 2020

    I have GLK 250 2014
    Smell coming occasionally when AC is on
    depending from the time of the year
    Very strong smell when humidity is high.

  • Gamaliel calvillo May 11, 2020

    I have a 2015 c-class with 37000 miles! I bought it for my daughter. She told me something about bad smell when turn on ac which I never believed her until today I received this letter .

  • Gamaliel calvillo May 11, 2020

    I have a 2015 c-class with 37000 miles! I bought it for my daughter. She told me something about bad smell when turn on ac which I never believed her until today I received this letter

  • Predrag Graovac May 11, 2020

    Have a 2012 C300 every time ac is on very bad moldy smell comes out.Mercedes needs to cover repair. With such a Brand name in the car industry It makes you wonder what else is not up to standards that we cannot see it. I’m glad they reached the settlement for the Hvac repairs.

  • Diane Edwards May 11, 2020

    I have a 2016 GLE 350 I would like Mercedes to fix my car. There is a smell when I turn the Benz on.

  • Diane Edwards May 11, 2020

    I have a GLE 350 I would like Mercedes to fix my car. There is a smell when I turn the car on. Would like to receive the check to repair my Benz.

  • Raven Ebron May 11, 2020

    I have had 2 MB (2006 E-Class, sold in 2015, and 2010 E-Class) and had the same problem with both. the smell is horrible it makes me just rid witb out turning the air on because it makes me nauseous. I’m always told The filters need to be changed and it cost nearly $300 to change the filters.

  • Garry Kem May 11, 2020

    2011 C300

  • Lois Davidson May 11, 2020

    Add me

  • William fields May 11, 2020

    I would just like for Mercedes to just send the check to fix my car.

  • Carol Harsh May 9, 2020

    I have a 2015 C300 Mercedes. Does this apply to my vehicle. Have some smells when the AC is on. My email is carolharsh@icloud.com. Please let me know. Thank you Carol Harsh

  • Aaron Russell May 9, 2020

    Add me

  • Paramjit Singh May 9, 2020

    I have 2017 gls 450 my kids always complain the bad smell when I start ac Or heat So it means that is manufacturing falt

  • Tanya May 8, 2020

    I own a 2016 c300 mb. Purchased in 2019 Month of may

  • Tanya May 8, 2020

    I nvr knew why my car had this smell. Thought when the dealer cleaned. Are they left a rag n it or the last owner was nasty. Now I know. Plus I’ve been itching alot after riding g n car and so is my dog I thought I had flees. That’s not the case. This has answered alot of my questions about my car. I thought it was me

  • Mike Raymond April 3, 2020

    My car has had the moldy smell for a long time and my dealership will not acknowledge it.

    • Lindy8 May 11, 2020

      My 2016 E VLASS HAD S MOLDY SMELL

  • Monica Scott March 28, 2020

    My car has the moldy smell

  • Victor Luna Jr March 11, 2020

    Had 2010 E350 till 7/2020. Had H20 leaking in thru cabin filter. Replace, heatercore and fan, h20 still coming in. Nasty smell when I turn on the AC. Got another 2013 E Wagon, same smell very lightly.

  • Yong January 30, 2020

    How come CLA class is not a part of the class group? I have been waiting for this settlement to happen because I have been suffering from the sour smell from the AC for so long now. Can someone please let me know if more class will be added to the list in the future or this is it? Thank you!

  • Morgan Livermore January 27, 2020

    2015 C300

  • Denise Chacon January 27, 2020

    I have a 2011 300 Class, every time I turn on the A/C its smells so bad, I end up turning off the A/C and rolling down the windows. Am I eligible to file a claim?

    • Wilzor Exantus May 11, 2020

      I have a 2012 Mercedes ML 350. I have been having respiratory problems for months now due to mold from the A/C. How can I signed up.

  • Diedre Smith January 25, 2020

    Add me please

  • DAVID JOHN BOBBITT January 23, 2020

    I have both a 2013 E-Class 350 Cabriolet and a 2013 ML-350. How do we get on the list to have them both fixed. I am having lots of respiratory issues.

  • Jane Wells January 15, 2020

    My mom has a 2017 GLC300. She started with a cough a little over a year ago and we have been to multiple doctors and she has had multiple test. The most recent told her that she may have mold in her body causing this. The very next week a friend told her about this. I have felt like her car smells like a dirty diaper for quite some time. She now wears a mask when she gets in her car. She is 75 and this is not an issue she needs. Please add us to the list.

  • Kristy Verdin January 9, 2020

    Please add me 2008 C300

  • Beth M Hoover January 8, 2020

    My 2015 GLA 250 has a moldy smell and I just took my car in to the Mercedes dealership in O town and stated there was not a recall. Please help! Smell is nasty!

  • Diane Wren January 7, 2020

    I have a 2010 E350 and it has a moldy smell whenever I turn on the A/C. I have mentioned it to my mehcanic and he tried to do something to fix it but it comes back so not sure what he did but I just don’t mention it anymore and try not to sue the A/C that much.

  • Thomas Carter January 7, 2020

    My 2015 S550 has the same mold issues but I don’t see the S-Class listed. How do I become eligible to file?

  • Durk French January 6, 2020

    Please add me. 2017 C Class coupe.

  • Tina January 5, 2020

    Please add me , own 2 of the stinkers

  • N January 5, 2020

    Same here

  • Robyn Nair January 5, 2020

    Please add me to this class action lawsuit. I own a 2012 ML350 and its a/c has smelled of locker room dirty socks since I bought it. I had no idea until now what it actually was. It still stinks.

    14309 E 112th Pl N
    Owasso, Oklahoma 74011

  • Anne Kelly January 5, 2020

    Please add me to this class action suit. I had a 2010 C class Mercedes in which I had experienced siminlar problems in my 2010 Mercedes C class. I have cronic broncitis and when I would ne in the auto, broncitis wpul begin with coughing and dis comfort in my lungs.

  • Anne Kelly January 5, 2020

    Please add me to this class action suit. I had a 2010 C class Mercedes in which I had experienv3

  • judy stacker January 5, 2020

    BE AWARE THIS PROBLEM GOES BACK MUCH FURTHER THAN 2005. I HAD A 1994 MERCEDES S420 – OWNED FROM 2011 TO 2016. HAD TO SELL IT BECAUSE OF THE MOLD IN THE VENTS. MADE MY COPD AND ASTHMA MUCH WORSE. IT WOULD BE NICE IF THE YEARSINCLUDED GO BACK INTO THE 90’s

  • Thomas A Geaslen January 4, 2020

    Please add me to the class action I own a 2013 GLK 350 93,000 miles.

    Thomas Geaslen
    PO Box 519
    Nipomo CA 93444-0519

  • James Loftin January 4, 2020

    Please add me to the list I have a CLS 400 2016 and a GL450 2018

    I have had bad migraines and alergies and sinus issues

    Let me know if you need more info

  • Darlene Garza January 4, 2020

    Please Add Me, Thank You!

  • Teresa Ochoa January 3, 2020

    I own a 2011 C300 and 2015 CLA and it’s pretty embarrassing when Family ride in my car and says “what’s that smell?” or “It stinks in here”. I myself have Allergies and Asthma and I’ve had really bad Sinus Headaches these last couple years. Please Add Me!

  • William Tennant January 3, 2020

    Always thought it was floor mats. Would have car detailed whether it needed it or not due to musty odors. Please include me. 2011 c300. 65,000 miles

  • Karena January 3, 2020

    Add me this is Happening to my moms car now!

  • Lillie Green January 3, 2020

    Add me.

  • Lillie Green January 3, 2020

    I had a2011 E and had to clip deoderant clips to the air vent.

  • Nicole Cook-Reed January 3, 2020

    I own a 2014 Mercedes Benz C300, and it is my primary vehicle. I transport my children and other family members in this car. I would like to be added to this class action suit and updated as well of any relevant news surrounding this. So irritated…

  • Sharon Owens January 3, 2020

    Please add me

  • rich roberts January 2, 2020

    2018 SLC43 AMG?

  • Ruby Campbell January 2, 2020

    Add me

  • Prakash c Shah January 1, 2020

    Add me

  • Dawn January 1, 2020

    I have owned a Mercedes (C, E, GLC) for last 10yrs or so and had severe headaches to include migraines.

    Please add me to the list, and to think I transported my grand babies in these vehicles…I’m pissed!!!

  • Anita Robinson December 31, 2019

    I own a 2010 GLK 350 that has a horrible smell when the fan is turned on. I was told it was just a Mercedes thing.

  • Janemarie Burzee December 31, 2019

    Own a 2014 C250c AMG; please add me to the list and/or contact as suit progresses.

    Thank you.

  • Marie AS December 31, 2019

    what is the website where I can get the info to get the reimbursement for the repairs.

  • Sheila Capone Wulsin December 31, 2019

    I had a 2016 C300 that required repairs for the smell. Not covered by warranty.

  • Allison Wood December 31, 2019

    I own an affected vehicle and need a repair.

  • Alexandra December 31, 2019

    Add me. E400 2018

  • Mary J December 31, 2019

    Took my C250 to a Mercedees benz dealership last month for the smell and was told it would cost me $500 to flush and $189 for a diagnostic despite it under warranty. They said it was not covered.

  • Anne Vitasek December 31, 2019

    My C class Mercedes is doing this as well but it is a 2004 model so how come this settlement is only going back to 2008? When I turn on the heater or the AC it has a TERRIBLE odor! And mine only has 70 K miles because I rarely drive it and keep it in the garage. Its like a brand new car!

  • Lynn Patillo December 31, 2019

    I would like to be included. We own a 2010 E350 4Matic.

    • Tiana McC December 31, 2019

      My 2017 C Class Mercedes has a bad smell as well. When ever, I turn my heat on there’s a extremely bad gasoline smell in my car. Causing me to have a bad head ache. However, when the heat is not on it smells like a dead rodent. My car is only 2 1/2 years old and there has been 8 recalls on it so far. Seems to me there is something horribly going wrong with these new Mercedes. Please add me.

  • Troy McMahan December 31, 2019

    I’m experiencing the same problem with my 2011 C 300 Mercedes! When the heater is engaged, the smell is horrible in the car, smells like a wet shoe. How do I get added to the class action suit?

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