The EU cautioned Daimler to upgrade the air conditioning coolant in its new vehicles according to the greenhouse gas emission regulations.
“If Daimler does not meet this requirement, its new models cannot be approved, ” the office of European Union Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani said.
According to the new EU green gas emission regulations automakers must use a new and less environmentally harmful gas for the air conditioning systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to the global warming. The new gas was approved by the German Automakers Association, VDA after extensive tests.
Daimler, which is a member of VDA, said that when it tried to adapt the new models according to the greenhouse gas emission rules, it discovered that the new coolant is highly inflammable in certain situations, therefore the automaker asked for 6 months more in order to meet the new standard. According to the Commission regulations all new vehicles sold in the EU beginning January 1st must use the new coolant.
“The German authorities are tasked with testing vehicles and those that do not meet the new rules ought not to be registered,” said Tadani spokesman Carlo Corraza.