Daimler AG and Mercedes Benz USA, LLC are contending with allegations made in a proposed class action lawsuit that the automakers sold vehicles coated with defective factory paint that can “microblister, peel, and bubble.”
Filed in Georgia, the lawsuit identifies the following Mercedes vehicle models—painted in now-discontinued “590 Mars Red”—that may be coated with faulty paint:
2014-2016 SL-Class; and
The lawsuit sticks on the claim that Mercedes and Daimler know or should have known that issues existed with the Mars Red paint prior to selling affected vehicles to class members yet sold the “latently defective product” anyway.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff began experiencing problems with the red paint on her Mercedes shortly after she bought the car in early 2018, when the vehicle was “less than three years old.” The woman claims discussions with the dealership that sold her the car led to a quote of roughly $7,000 to repaint the entire vehicle. Worse, the suit says Mercedes no longer offers Mars Red as a paint option, meaning a repainting of the plaintiff’s car with an entirely different color, according to the lawsuit, “would depreciate the value of the vehicle by a minimum of $2,000.”
“[The plaintiff’s] vehicle is just one of thousands of Class Vehicles that suffer from an irreparable defect in the exterior paint that results in peeling, flaking, bubbling, erosion, and microblistering of the clearcoat,” the lawsuit states. “Upon information and belief, these conditions are all the result of defective paint which has plagued the Class Vehicles.”