Parts and technology giant Bosch has found itself caught in the web of another diesel emissions inquiry, this time in the US.
Industry paper Automotive News reports the finger has been pointed at the German parts manufacturer during court hearings last week as part of a law suit against three carmakers.
In Detroit’s Federal Court, papers were filed claiming Bosch “participated not just in the development of the defeat device, but in the scheme to prevent US regulators from uncovering the device’s true functionality”.
Acting on behalf of car owners, attorney Steve Berman added he believed Bosch was “the enabler”, and that carmakers worked together with Bosch to develop ‘defeat device’ software.
Much like Volkswagen’s now-infamous defeat device, Berman’s clients allege the system in their vehicles may be able to detect when the vehicle was under test for emissions, temporarily adjusting engine management settings for lower readings.
The car owners also allege that Bosch’s association with Volkswagen raises suspicions of possible involvement with other diesel carmakers.
“Bosch takes the allegations of manipulation of the diesel software very seriously,” the company reportedly said in a statement.
“Bosch is cooperating with the continuing investigations in various jurisdictions, and is defending its interests in the litigation.”
Carmakers under fire during this latest round of court hearings in Detroit and elsewhere in the US include Daimler (mainly Mercedes-Benz), General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
GM says the claims are “baseless”, while FCA and Mercedes-Benz both denied any wrongdoing.
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