Daimler faces new allegations over emissions cheating software

FILED - The logo of German carmaker Mercedes-Benz on a rooftop. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

German carmaker Daimler is dealing with new allegations associated to the manipulation of exhaust systems to make emissions appear decrease than they’re, within the newest growth in Germany’s diesel scandal.

The Federal Office for Motor Automobiles (KBA) has initiated proceedings towards the carmaker over newly found “unlawful defeat gadgets,” a spokesman for Daimler confirmed on Sunday after the information was reported in Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

In response to the Bild report, the new allegations relate to 60,000 Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI models manufactured between 2012 and 2015.

The authorities first found the suspicious software program within the mannequin’s engines in autumn 2018. Additional emissions measurements have now confirmed the suspicions.

Daimler has been in talks with the KBA for a number of months over the usage of unlawful gadgets in its Mercedes-Benz diesel automobiles.

The authority has compelled the carmaker to recall round 700,000 vehicles throughout Europe – together with 280,000 in Germany – with the intention to set up a brand new model of its engine administration software program.

Daimler began updating the software program within the autumn, however denies that its options are unlawful and has filed a go well with towards the KBA order.

In the summertime of 2017, the group had introduced a software program improve for three million diesel automobiles with the intention to cut back nitrogen oxide emissions, a determine which incorporates the 700,000 affected by the KBA-ordered recall.

The corporate has not but submitted its formal response to the KBA, however is anticipated to take action earlier than the top of the month.