CA Federal Court Grants Final Settlement Approval in Mercedes-Benz Seat Heater Case Action Valued at $85M
In a settlement valued at $85 million, a federal court in California granted a final settlement approval of a nationwide class action settlement against Mercedes-Benz USA for allegedly failing to disclose a seat heater defect in certain Mercedes automobiles, which caused the seats to spark, smoke, overheat and/or catch fire according to the lawsuit. In addition to a free repair for current owners to prevent the problem from occurring in the future, class members who do not select the bypass-wire repair procedure will have extended warranty coverage, and those who previously experienced an issue will receive reimbursement for costs up to $1,000. Class members will also preserve their rights to bring claims for any personal injuries caused by a seat heater malfunction.
California-based trial law firms McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP, Frank Sims & Stolper LLP and Yuhl | Carr LLP, represent William and Elizabeth Callaway, as well as the proposed class of current and former owners and lessees of the affected vehicles, including the Mercedes 2000-2007 M-Class or ML-Class vehicles, 2006-2007 R-Class vehicles and 2007 GL-Class vehicles.