Continental revamped compliance team after air-conditioning parts problem –

September 23, 2022 by No Comments

Logo of German tyre company Continental is pictured before the annual news conference in Hanover, Germany, March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

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BERLIN, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Continental (CONG.DE) said on Friday it had revamped its compliance team, including making personnel and technical changes, after discovering some parts for car air-conditioning systems had fallen below expected quality standards.

The German manufacturer was responding to a report in Spiegel magazine which alleged the company had supplied dirty parts for air-conditioning systems over 15 years and quality control tests had been manipulated to conceal the issue.

Continental did not directly respond to the alleged manipulation of tests, but said there had been no risk to vehicle occupants from the issue.

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“The deviations in the air-conditioning hoses were identified by Continental employees themselves and then reported to the compliance organisation,” a spokesperson said via email. “We have drawn personnel and technical consequences. Depending on the results of the investigation, others may follow.”

“We immediately informed the responsible authorities and the affected customers,” the person added.

A spokesperson for the state prosecutor’s office in Hanover, where Continental is based, said it was not investigating the matter.

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