Daimler Facing Dieselgate II, May Have Sold Over 1 Million Cars with Non-Compliant Emissions Controls

By Christian Stampfer on 12 July 2017
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MUNICH—Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, stands accused of selling over a million cars with non-compliant emissions controls, according to a warrant issued by the Amtsgericht Stuttgart, the city’s municipal court.

The news was first reported on Wednesday by the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

The discovery appears to impact over one million cars that were sold both in Europe and in the United States in the period 2008 to 2016 and follows earlier allegations of false advertising and wrongful manipulation of pollution controls in diesel-powered vehicles. The Amtsgericht issued a search warrant that was carried out on May 23, 2017.

Cars and vans powered by Mercedes diesel engines with the codename OM642 and OM 651 may have contained so-called defeat devices that would manipulate emissions levels during tests to ensure the vehicles appeared to be compliant while the emissions controls were basically off when the vehicle was not in test mode.

Daimler is not the first automaker to be accused of using a defeat device for this purpose. In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted it had installed similar technology in its diesel cars sold in the United States.

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