News

Daimler faces probe over pollution cheating software

Daimler faces probe over  pollution cheating software
Autos
In this March 29, 2017 file photo Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the Daimler AG, poses next to a car prior to the shareholders meeting of the car maker in Berlin, Germany. (Michael Sohn/AP)

AFP

Published Monday, April 15, 2019 1:28AM EDT

Daimler confirmed Sunday it was facing a regulatory probe after a report said German authorities have uncovered a previously unknown type of pollution trickery software allegedly installed by the car giant in some of its vehicles.

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) has initiated a formal hearing procedure, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker confirmed the hearing procedure.

"We fully cooperate with the Federal Motor Transport Authority and are reviewing the facts," said Daimler in a statement.

"In the course of the hearing proceedings, we will present our view to KBA."

According to the Bild report, around 60,000 vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI models produced between 2012 and 2015 were affected.

The software allegedly reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide during test conditions. On the road however, the affected vehicles were spewing out amounts of the harmful gas that were above regulatory limits.

The KBA last year had already ordered Daimler to recall 700,000 vehicles worldwide, including 280,000 in Germany, over illegal software -- a ruling the carmaker is appealing.

Daimler is also potentially facing a big fine over the diesel scam as German prosecutors said in February they had opened a "fine procedure" against it.

Diesel investigations have been running in Germany since 2015, when automobile giant Volkswagen admitted to building defeat devices into 11 million cars worldwide.
Read more on CTVnews
News Topics :
RELATED STORIES :
Top Stories
The German government forced Volkswagen to recall about 2.4 million diesel cars after throwing out the carmaker’s proposal for voluntary repairs, setting off a chain reaction by authorities across Europe....
Business
BERLIN The German Transport Ministry says the country s motor transport authority will examine cars made by Daimler amid an investigation into suspected manipulation of diesel emissions controls. Daimler...
World
The German government has ordered car maker Daimler to recall 238, 000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with unauthorised emissions defeat devices. In all 774, 000 diesel...
Business
Drivers of X5 and 335D model diesel cars built between 2009 and 2011 claim those vehicles are polluting up to 27 times the legal limit, according to a complaint filed...
Autos
Niche motor variants of an already discontinued generation of the 5 series and 7 series built between 2012 and 2017 were affected, BMW said. BMW BMW Srie 5...