Another emissions scandal? Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler opens probe
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Daniel Maurer, AP
Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz, says it is being probed over emissions issues
German automaker Daimler, parent company to the Mercedes-Benz and Smart car brands in U.S., says it is conducting an investigation into how it certifies its emissions at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice.
The disclosure comes as another German automaker, Volkswagen, deals with fallout from its disclosure that it added software to its diesel-powered cars to allow them to cheat in emissions testing. But Daimler's report didn't focuses just on diesels, but its emissions program in general.
"Daimler is cooperating fully with the authorities. Daimler will consequently investigate possible indications of irregularities and of course take all necessary actions," the disclosure said.
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Daimler says it received the request in April 15. It is required by German securities laws to disclose such requests and put out a statement that says it was asked "to review its certification and admissions process related to exhaust emissions in the United States by way of an internal investigation."
A Daimler spokesman in New York, Han Tjan, said he didn't have any further details on the nature of issue involved.
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