Peugeot owners PSA investigated for emission cheat software 0

Peugeot-owners-PSA-investigated-for-emission-cheat-softwareFrench prosecutors have started investigating PSA Peugeot-Citroen after claims were made that the company has been attempting to cheat diesel emissions test, according to reports.

Reuters and AFP are saying that the authorities have begun enquiries after claims were made that the group were flaunting consumer protection laws.

Diesel emissions have been under the spotlight since the VW scandal first broke back in 2015.

PSA refute any claims that their vehicles were fitted with ‘cheat’ software that would allow them to pass emissions tests.

A PSA spokesman said the company “respects regulations in all countries where it operates” and denied doing anything illegal.

French prosecutors were alerted to the group by the consumer watchdog DGCCRF after staff members seized documents from the PSA offices in France a year ago.

The charges levelled against the group are that its diesel engines might “render its merchandise dangerous for human or animal health”.

Since September 2015, Germany’s Volkswagen has admitted fitting 11 million cars – 8.5 million of them in Europe – with devices to fool diesel emissions tests.

Last month, PSA agreed to buy Opel and Vauxhall from the US firm General Motors for £1.9bn in an attempt to challenge Volkswagen.

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