GM ac­cused of us­ing de­feat de­vices in trucks

New Straits Times - - Business -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Gen­eral Mo­tors Co (GM) was ac­cused of putting de­feat de­vices in its trucks to beat emis­sions tests, the sixth car­maker linked to diesel cheat­ing scan­dal since 2015, when Volk­swa­gen AG (VW) ad­mit­ted to in­stalling soft­ware to by­pass pol­lu­tion rules.

Peo­ple who own or lease more than 705,000 GM Du­ra­max diesel trucks filed a class-ac­tion law­suit yes­ter­day, claim­ing GM in­stalled mul­ti­ple such de­vices in two mod­els of heavy-duty trucks from 2011 to last year. The 190page com­plaint is lit­tered with 83 ref­er­ences to VW, and as­serts that the en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age caused by each truck could sur­pass that of the Ger­man car­maker’s ve­hi­cles.

GM’s cheat­ing al­lowed its trucks to pass United States in­spec­tions, even while they spewed emis­sions two to five times the le­gal limit un­der regular driv­ing con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint filed in Detroit fed­eral court.

The law­suit un­der­scores ques­tions about the cred­i­bil­ity of clean-diesel tech­nol­ogy. This week, the US Justice De­part­ment sued Fiat Chrysler Au­to­mo­biles NV, al­leg­ing vi­o­la­tions of cleanair rules. Daim­ler AG is the tar­get of a Ger­man probe re­lated to diesel emis­sions. Bloomberg

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