FIRE SCANDAL LATEST US-MARKET WOE FOR GERMAN CARMAKERS
The spate of mysterious fires in BMW vehicles is only the latest trouble for a German car manufacturer in the US market.
Volkswagon is still recovering from the 2015 ‘Dieselgate’ emissions testing scandal, in which it was found the German company had used vehicle software to intentionally trick emissions tests.
The company was sentenced in a criminal trial in April, has agreed to spend up to $25 billion in the US to address claims from owners, environmental regulators, states and dealers, and has offered to buy back about 500,000 polluting US vehicles.
Mercedes, another German carmaker, announced on Tuesday that it would not seek to sell 2017 year diesel vehicles in the US due to increased regulatory scrutiny in the wake of Dieselgate.