Mercedes-Benz Says AC Refrigerant Testing Was Done by the Book
So it is then, another week, another news story about the Daimler-versus-France-refrigerant-gate. This time, it's a Mercedes-Benz spokesman who talked with just-auto about the claims that their in-house AC refrigerant testing was made to only feature extreme situations.
“We have tests, in real life, in an environment that is not surreal,” a Mercedes-Benz spokesman was quoted by just-auto. “We looked at where there is the problem... and where there is a whole system break. That is the most normal situation that would break the system and from that point we said let's see what will the gas do. We are happy with our tests as we say it has shown something everybody was not expecting, not hoping for [flammability].”
Both Honeywell and DuPont, the makers of the new EU-compliant refrigerant, have argued that Daimler's tests were taken at extreme levels, which are not to be found in real life situations.
“We don't see it as a very extreme case,” said the Mercedes spokesman. “We are convinced our testing [is] real life testing, [it] has proved this refrigerant is not safe in our cars.”
The scandal is not going to end very soon, especially since the Stuttgart car manufacturer is still due to have an appeal at France's Council of State sometime next week, so that they can overturn the sale ban by the snail and cheese lovers on its A-Class, B-Class, CLA and now the SL also. It's still a bit too soon to take our highly subjective editorial about the saga completely serious, but it doesn't mean it couldn't be right.
Story via just-auto