Facing two lawsuits and a query from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice Daimler AG has launched an internal investigation into what the government says are “possible indications of irregularities” with the certification of diesels sold by the Smart and Mercedes-Benz brands.
The move comes even as Volkswagen is attempting to push forward with a proposed settlement of its own diesel emissions problems. VW has told a federal judge in California that the company wants to repurchase about 500,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. using software designed to cheat on emissions tests, while also offering owners financial compensation.
Daimler, meanwhile, is already facing two class action lawsuits filed by a Seattle firm on behalf of owners who claim their vehicles are not compliant with U.S. emissions standards. Those suits are based on research performed in Europe.