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Tech & Science million fine for auto parts supplier ZF: software defects

19:41  10 june  2020
19:41  10 june  2020 Source:   rp-online.de

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The auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen has to pay a fine of 42.5 million euros because it has poorly programmed software for transmissions. The company is charged with a negligent violation of the duty to supervise, as announced by the Stuttgart public prosecutor on Wednesday. The company accepts the penalty. The decision to impose a fine is therefore final.

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The company had delivered gearbox software to various car manufacturers from 2002, which had not been sufficiently checked for the possibility of improper use. For a manufacturer, this led to the fact that the vehicles equipped with it emitted more nitrogen oxides than was legally permitted. A spokesman did not mention the name of the car maker on request.

The amount of the fine is as follows: An amount of 2.5 million euros has been set for the punishment of the administrative offense. With the remaining 40 million euros, the economic benefits of the company from the sale of the affected gearboxes are skimmed off. The company had worked constructively with the investigative authorities, the prosecutor said. ZF employees will continue to be investigated in this matter because of fraud aid.

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