European raids over defeat devices in Suzuki diesel engines – Reuters

April 27, 2022 by No Comments

A view shows the logo of a Suzuki truck for sale at a Suzuki dealership in National City, California November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

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BERLIN, April 27 (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Germany, Italy and Hungary have conducted searches related to the use of illegal defeat devices that provide rigged emissions readings to comply with European Union regulations in Suzuki (7269.T) diesel vehicles.

German prosecutors said in a statement on Wednesday that their investigation concerns persons responsible at Suzuki, world’s No. 4 carmaker Stellantis (STLA.MI), which supplied the Japanese carmaker with diesel engines, and Japanese auto parts maker Marelli, which supplied parts for those engines.

The searches are being conducted in Germany, Italy and Hungary as part of a coordinated action by Eurojust, Europe’s agency for criminal justice cooperation.

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Eurojust said the raids were conducted “to counter the use of faulty emission devices in engines, used in cars of a Japanese producer.”

“The devices were allegedly fitted in the Italian-built diesel engines of large numbers of cars, giving the impression that the vehicles’ nitrogen oxide emissions were in line with EU regulations,” the agency said.

The engines were then assembled into the car manufacturers’ models at a production plant in Hungary, the agency added.

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