German investigators request more information regarding Opel’s Zafira model in light of exhaust probe

May 21, 2016 06:17 AM EDT | Robert Garcia


Amidst the scandal faced by Volkswagen regarding emission scandal, another automobile company has been probed by German investigation committee. Opel is being asked to turn over additional information regarding its Zafira model that could shed more light into the case.

According to Reuters, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has revealed that Opel admitted that their engine software has features which would shut down exhaust system of the Zafira model under complex circumstances. He added that on Wednesday, German investigating committee has tried to get more knowledge about the carbon dioxide emissions from Opel's cars.

Previously, Opel has disclosed that their exhaust system is designed to switch off when the car hits a specific speed and air pressure that would be damaging to the engine. However, the feature has been questioned as Dobrindt said "The investigating committee has doubts about whether this practice is completely justified by the protection of the engine."

Yahoo reported that Opel is also planning to confront the probing issue by giving their full and undivided cooperation with the investigators. This means that there will be access to the software installed in their car models while the Commission has given a 14 - day deadline to surrender the needed information.

Dobrindt extended the requests as they've also asked the car company to give information regarding another model. Dobrindt said "We also asked whether there were similar measures or elements with the Astra as we discussed with the Zafira." Opel was requested to summon before the team investigating the cases in which there are suspected emissions rigging.

Meanwhile, Opel already said that they're working regarding the checks as Opel Chief Executive Officer Karl Thomas Neumann said that their engines is within the boundaries of the law and should not be classified as illegal software. He added that since the German government want to probe their company for illegal software, they will retaliate by giving full support. 

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