Daimler said that it will take legal action against the French government for banning Mercedes vehicles, due to banned refrigerant.
Daimler officials said that they do not agree with the French authorities, who cited Article 29 of the EU framework directive, which allows them to ban the registration of new vehicles if they jeopardize the public health or the environment or if they are considered as a considerable risk for traffic safety.
“This argument is absolutely incomprehensible and cannot be applied in this case since virtually all new and used cars on European roads are equipped with the proven and safe refrigerant R134a and will continue to be so until the end of 2016,” the company said in a written statement today, July 26th.
The French government said it will continue the sale freeze on Mercedes A class, B class and CLA models which still use the banned refrigerant, even if Daimler contested the move in court. The models which have been blocked account for 2% of the company’s global deliveries and most of the brand’s French sales.
An administrative court ordered the French government to re-examine the decision, after the German car maker said that the sales freeze were not according to the EU procedures for “safeguard measures.”