Mercedes-Benz, accused of using devices to cheat emissions tests on the E-Class

Mercedes-Benz came to the attention of the authorities in Germany because it would have used devices with which it would have cheated on emissions tests. This is a very popular diesel engine.

8 years have passed since the Dieselgate scandal, but this period has not meant a total disappearance of the phenomenon. There is still debris from the Volkswagen event. The latest such irregularity concerns one of the major German manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz. According to a letter sent by the German Federal Transport Authority, Mercedes-Benz has come under the scrutiny of officials for allegedly using emissions-cheating devices on its Euro 6 diesel engines, reports Engine1.

The letter detailed three software-based cheats found on the OM642 diesel engine used in the Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec. Two of the devices altered the operation of the engine depending on certain temperature parameters. The agency told the car manufacturer in the letter that it must solve the problems, otherwise the cars will no longer be sold.

It is not the first time that Mercedes-Benz has been targeted

The agency gave the company until July 27 to comply, but Reuters reports it has been granted an extension. The German manufacturer said it is currently cooperating with the German authorities.

This is not the first time that Deutsche Umwelthilfe has examined Mercedes. In November 2021, the organization issued a public report accusing the company of using eight cheating devices in its Clasa range of vehicles equipped with its Euro 6 OM642 diesel engine. DUH deemed the devices illegal. According to the report, the devices reduced the amount of injected AdBlue needed to neutralize harmful nitrogen oxides.

Mercedes isn’t the only automaker still dealing with the fallout from the Dieselgate scandal eight years after it broke. This summer, a court fined former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler 1.1 million euros for his involvement in the scandal. He confessed that he avoided a prison sentence. Auto parts supplier Bosch paid $25 million in fines last year.

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