France Bans New Mercedes Cars Over ‘Greenhouse Gases’
The latest models of Mercedes cars cannot be sold in France as they still use an air conditioning refrigerant the EU says emits excessive greenhouse gases and should be replaced, the German auto company said.
“Only new cars are subject to the measure,” a company spokesman told AFP, adding that customers confronted with the ban are to be offered alternate models.
Since January 1, European Union norms demand that car makers use a cleaner R1234yf refrigerant, deemed less polluting than older products.
But Daimler is sticking to R134a, an older coolant, as it claims studies have shown that the new gas catches fire more easily and puts cars at a greater risk of explosion in case of a crash.
The makers of R1234yf reject Daimler’s claims but in Germany, the auto giant was given special permission to keep using the older gas.