Prosecutors in Germany have begun investigating the auto parts supplier Bosch in connection with possible diesel vehicle emissions testing fraud by Daimler (Mercedes-Benz).
The potential being investigated, of course, is whether or not Bosch was actively involved in the fraud possibly committed by Daimler. Both companies, it should be noted, are based in Stuttgart.
A spokesperson for the Stuttgart prosecutor was quoted as saying: “There is an investigation into aiding and abetting fraud.”
Beyond that, not much is known as of yet — simply that the investigation is targeting “unknown individuals” who have worked at Bosch at some point during the relevant period of time.
“The spokesman added that the Bosch investigation started a couple of weeks ago and was tied to the continuing probe of Daimler, the owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand,” Reuters reports.
“Bosch is a provider of engine management software to Daimler and prosecutors are investigating whether the carmaker made use of illegal software to cheat emissions tests.”
Predictably, Bosch representatives have refused to comment on the matter publicly.
It should be realized here that this investigation is a separate one from the investigation seeking to determine whether Bosch aided Volkswagen engineers in the company’s diesel vehicle emissions testing fraud.
As a final note here, while Bosch never admitted to wrongdoing in US courts, the company did agree to pay $327.5 million to owners of Volkswagen diesel vehicles in the US as part of a settlement relating to the allegations of fraud.
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