Explosive Refrigerant Threatens To Blow Up S-Class Launch

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
explosive refrigerant threatens to blow up s class launch

Daimler is dead set against using the new refrigerant HFO-1234yf, even if it is forced down it throat. The EU makes it a must in all news cars, but Daimler says it can fry and kill you. Now, Daimler can get burned big-time. Without HFO-1234yf, its new S-Class will be illegal, but “using HFO-1234yf is out of the question,” a Daimler spokesman told Automobilwoche [sub].

The new S-Class will be launched this summer in Europe. Germany’s Kraftfahrtbundesamt has given type approval only with the EU-mandated HFO-1234yf. Without the explosive refrigerant, the car would be illegal anywhere in Europe.

In 2012, the refrigerant ignited during a crash test at Daimler. Daimler recalled all B-Class and A-Class cars sold with the refrigerant, and converted the air conditioner.

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  • Indi500fan Indi500fan on Feb 20, 2013

    The obvious answer is to eliminate A/C in the first place. Do it "for the children"

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Feb 20, 2013

      Try to imagine the withering look given to you by people who can afford to drive the S-class. Environmental awareness is for other people.

  • If that's the new S550, I'm not impressed. What have they done to my car???

  • Joe K Joe K on Feb 20, 2013

    Imagine if you will, a world where everyone drove Ford Pintos ...

  • Skor Skor on Feb 20, 2013

    I still have a full can of R-12 in my basement. Unless I am paid the sum of 1 million dollars, I will release it into the atmosphere. (Insert evil villain laugh here).

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    • George Herbert George Herbert on Feb 22, 2013

      @skor I haz friends (or at least, aquaintences-of-friends) with anti-ballistic-missile systems. Sure you want to go there?