(Yicai Global) April 8 -- China's General Administration of Customs has suspended imports of certain Mercedes-Benz models after finding that their catalytic converters did not match declarations.
The models involved include the GLE, GLE Coupe and GLAS, the customs agency said today. Some 279 of the cars are already sold, 29 are on showroom floors.
Catalytic converters are installed in car exhaust systems to convert harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides into benign compounds and elements: carbon dioxide, water and nitrogen.
Mercedes-Benz China Automotive Sales told customs that the factory's computer system made an error relating to the China 5 and China 6 emission standards for cat converters. The firm had declared that the vehicles had parts compliant with the newer China 6 standards, which come into play next year, though they are actually only in line with the existing regulations.
The carmaker must replace the parts with the correct ones before the local customs agency can release the cars. It must also contact the owners of problem cars already on the road to replace the part.
Editor: James Boynton