South Korea fines Mercedes for $ 16.9 million violation of emission rules

Seoul — South Korean anti-trust regulators fined German carmaker Mercedes-Benz and its South Korean unit of 20.2 billion won ($ 16.9 million) on Monday for false advertisements related to diesel passenger car gas emissions. He said he had decided to impose.

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said Mercedes tampered with pollution mitigation devices by installing illegal software on vehicles, resulting in lower performance under normal operating conditions than during certification testing. It said that a total of 15 Mercedes models installed such software.

In a statement, KFTC said in a statement, “Even after the diesel gate scandal, false false advertisements on emission reduction performance have hindered consumers’ rational purchase choices, making it the number one import car dealer in the country. It makes sense to impose sanctions. “

According to KFTC, German automakers mistakenly advertised that their vehicles had minimal emissions and met Euro 6 emission standards between August 2013 and December 2016.

When contacted by Reuters, Mercedes did not immediately get comments outside business hours.

Last year, KFTC imposed fines or ordered corrective actions on Audi-Volkswagen Korea, Nissan Motor Corp., Stellantis Korea, and Porsche AG for similar emission rigging cases.

($ 1 = 1,198.5600 won)