Opel device in the exhaust gas scandal, is coming under increasing pressure. The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) wants to arrange for a recall of around 100,000 diesel vehicles. After locating a shut-off device of the exhaust gas purification, which classified the KBA as inadmissible before the official recall, “briefly,” said the Federal transport Ministry in Berlin on Monday.

It is said that after searches of the Opel plants in Rüsselsheim and Kaiserslautern. According to information provided by the competent public Prosecutor of diesel vehicles should be brought in “with engineered exhaust software in the traffic”. The investigators have a suspicion of fraud.

Ministry of transport: Opel has taken software updates “”

The KBA has found, according to the Ministry of transport already by the end of 2015 Opel shutdown of facilities, which from the beginning of the admissibility’ve doubted, explained, a spokesman for the Ministry. The KBA had arranged for the four then-known shut-Off devices beginning in 2016, a so-called voluntary service action with software updates.

“was deported to The implementation of this service measure of Opel for long,” said the spokesman. Therefore, updates are only performed for about 70 per cent of the required software in the affected models, the Cascada, Insignia and Zafira.

control program regulates nitrogen oxide cleaning down

In the car works, a control program, the pay, the additional nitrogen oxide cleaning of the exhaust gases around at high speeds and in a wide range of external temperatures, down regulates. Opel has defended the technique, because it is necessary for the protection of engine components and the requirements have been met. It was not gone about testing trick.


“After finding a fifth shut-off device at the beginning of 2018, which has been classified by the KBA as inadmissible, to be running an official hearing with the aim of the now in the media-cited models Cascada, Insignia and Zafira with a mandatory recall to provide”, it was said by the Ministry of transport. Also, this hearing will abducted by Opel with new technical arguments in time.

The KBA informed the Frankfurt public Prosecutor’s office in April 2018, are indications of the existence of illegal defeat devices in vehicles of Opel. On Monday, investigators of last year by the French PSA group, the company acquired in Rüsselsheim and Kaiserslautern searches. It had been preceded by similar raids, including the brands of the VW group, Daimler and BMW.

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