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U.S. drivers of BMW diesel cars sue the company for manipulations with emissions systems

Another car manufacturer is sued by U.S. drivers for equipping vehicles with special programs developed to falsify diesel-emissions, this time it’s BMW.

Counted in thousands drivers of X5 and 335D made in 2009-2011 sued the carmaker and its technology partner, Robert Bosch GmbH, claiming that they embedded software letting rig testing systems, by means resembling those recognized by Volkswagen.

According to the complaint the level of pollution is up to 27 times more than allowed by regulations. The German manufacturer to a large extent avoided the inquiry that has affected the whole sector after Volkswagen’s recognition of manipulations with millions of cars, and subsequently had to pay $25 bln in fines.

Last month BMW announced that the company’s own procedures revealed that the software it installed in nearly 12,000 diesel cars was not the right one, which led to indications of higher emissions. BMW is approaching the case most seriously and is zealously working to clarify the situation, as was said in a statement back then.

The company still considers that this was an installation of software by mistake and not an intentional rigging of emissions systems, it also said.


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