German carmaker Daimler, who owns a Mercedes-Benz, has agreed to pay the US government দিতে 1.5 billion (£ 1.2bn) to fix a diesel engine designed to evade air pollution tests.
The company was investigated for installing software to avoid emissions laws on 250,000 Mercedes cars and vans.
U.S. officials said they hoped the fine would prevent future abuses.
Daimler called the deal a “significant step” towards resolving the diesel process, but denied the claim.
“By resolving these processes, Daimler avoids lengthy court proceedings with associated legal and financial risks,” the agency said.
In addition to the 1.5 billion settlement with U.S. authorities, Daimler said they have agreed to pay $ 700 million to settle a classified lawsuit brought by the owners.
It “revealed an additional three-figure million euros in medium-term spending to meet population needs.”
Clean Air Act
The deals that Daimler said were coming to an end last month were decided by a test that America began in 2016 after discovering a “defeat device” through testing.
Officials say the 8 875 million fine included in the 1.5 billion deal with the authorities is the second largest civilian fine the United States has under its Clean Air Act and the largest if measured on a per-vehicle basis.
Daimler has agreed to repair damaged cars, which were sold between 2009 and 2016, free of charge for their owners. U.S. officials said the pledge cost about 400 400.
At a news conference Monday, Andrew Wheeler, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said: “The message we are sending today is clear: we will enforce the law.
“If you cheat the system and try to mislead the public, you will be caught. Those who violate public confidence in the pursuit of profit will have both confiscated.”
Large emissions scandal
The latest in a series of scandals involving the cloud industry since 2015, when Volkswagen admitted to installing secret software on vehicles sold in the United States.
This system allows vehicles to emit 40% of legitimate emissions and avoids detection during testing.
Volkswagen later acknowledged that the devices have affected more than 11 million vehicles worldwide. The agency has spent more than 20 billion to settle claims in the United States alone.
However, investigations soon spread to other companies, including Ford, Mitsubishi and Nissan.
In 2018, Daimler recalled more than 700,000 vehicles in Europe that had “defeat devices” installed. BMW and Porsche have also recalled the issue.
Europe’s Fiat Chrysler was launched this summer over the issue. The agency agreed in January to an estimated $ 800 million settlement to settle citizen claims in the United States.
Daimler said cars related to the U.S. settlement were not sold in the same configuration in Europe.
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