Tests performed by the German authorities have showed that one of Fiat’s diesel models has irregular levels of emissions, a local paper reported.
Increasingly more news are emerging lately over emissions irregularities on diesel-powered cars, as the regulators have speed up their efforts to uncover similar manipulations as in Volkswagen’s case. The German Federal Motor Transport Authority investigation on all carmakers in the country has already triggered a voluntary recall of 630,000 diesels to fix emissions systems on some of Volkswagen’s core brand cars, its Audi and Porsche divisions as well, and also on Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit and General Motors’ Opel. However, according to the Bild am Sonntag weekly, authorities’ inquiry apparently revealed another such case.
The paper reported that the emissions management system on an unspecified Fiat model was cut after 22 minutes, an indication that an “outlawed” device is used by the automaker to avoid emissions cleaning filters. Bild am Sonntag said that regulatory tests for vehicle emissions are usually performed for around 20 minutes.
These are not actually newsflashes, as it was already found that many automakers are using devices that are activating the pollution filtering systems only within certain working temperatures. However, the newspaper has not clarified what type of device or software Fiat is using, but it has mentioned that auto supplier Bosch informed German investigators that Fiat was using a mechanism that virtually disabled exhaust filters.