French court reverses sales ban on Mercedes-Benz vehicles using R134a coolant

Article by Christian A., on May 7, 2014

France's top administrative court -- Conseil d'Etat -- has reversed a 2013 decision of the French government to ban sales of certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles that were still using the barred R134a air-conditioning coolant. The decision of France's Conseil d'Etat bolsters the temporary injunction it granted in August 2013 to end a two-month ban on sales of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA and SL models.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler has refused to stop using R134a, which is currently being phased out by the European Union. In a statement, France's Conseil d'Etat said that the ban was not justified; noting that banned vehicles had not been shown to present a serious threat to the environment.

R134a is a global warming agent that is around 1,400 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The EU started the ban on the use of the coolant since the start of 2013.

Daimler, however, chose to disregard the EU directive, saying that it had identified unacceptable safety risks in the alternative coolant, R1234yf. The substance is the only coolant that complies with EU requirements.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Is there anything more exciting than a spoiler? Well, for those who didn't know, there are those who have already seen the Mercedes-AMG Project One (in the flesh) way before...
by - April 25, 2017
Does the Honda Passport ring a bell to you? This was the first ever SUV that was sold by the Japanese automaker, but it was not that successful compared with...
by - April 25, 2017
Wagon buyers who prefer their vehicle to be luxurious, you will have an entirely brand new selection at the latter part of this year. Porsche will start rolling out 4...
by - April 25, 2017
McLaren rejects the idea of creating anything other than a sports car. That means that vehicles that would be ideal for families such as an SUV or a crossover are...
by - April 25, 2017
The new and improved Opel Grandland X is out, and this large SUV is something the European market did not know they would need. Now measuring at 14.7 feet (4.48...
by - April 25, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries