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KBA contradicts DUH: Mercedes defeat devices are not inadmissible

The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) sees no evidence of previously unknown defeat devices at Mercedes-Benz in an expert report submitted by Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH). “In the report, eight defeat devices of the relevant model with the OM 642 diesel engine are named. We are aware of these,” said a KBA spokesman on Friday. They have already been checked and found to be “not inadmissible”.

The DUH presented an expert opinion on Friday in which it sees new evidence of the involvement of the car maker Daimler with its regular Mercedes-Benz brand in the diesel scandal. The main features of the report had already been published the day before. The automotive software expert Felix Domke documented in the report on behalf of a US law firm “a total of eight previously unknown disconnection devices in a Mercedes-Benz E-Class with Euro 6 diesel”, according to the DUH. These are “clearly illegal” and lead to nitrogen oxide emissions on the road well above the legally stipulated limit value, according to the environmental aid agency.

A spokesman for Daimler, on the other hand, had announced that the “parameterizations described” were already known and “should not be assessed as inadmissible disconnection devices.”

Since the diesel issue became known, all vehicle models on the market with diesel units from different manufacturers have been examined, according to the KBA. The legally inadmissible defeat devices were named and dealt with in the context of recall campaigns. The vehicle model mentioned was initially part of a recall. However, the software programming is different from other models that are being recalled. “Therefore, there was no inadmissibility with this model.”

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