Chinese state TV claims that the air in German cars is dangerous to people’s health. In a report, the station said that insulating materials used in cars made by Audi, BMW and Daimler create noxious odors, Der Spiegel reports.
Not true, say Audi, BMW and Daimler, and that their plastics meet international standards.
Commenters of the Spiegel story were quick to blame user error: “Instead of filtered recirculation, the complaining Chinese probably switched to external air. In China, this can quickly lead to a very bad smell inside of the car.”
Carmakers don’t think it’s funny and do not take these accusations lightly. Two week ago, the station said Volkswagen had used faulty transmissions. Volkswagen recalled 400,000 cars only days later.