The Straits Times
Published on Feb 07, 2013

BMW quits industry group testing safety of new car refrigerant


STUTTGART, Germany (REUTERS) - German carmaker BMW stepped down on Wednesday from its role in an automotive industry research programme investigating the safety of a potential new air conditioning refrigerant, disagreeing with the test methods employed.

It joined Daimler and also Audi, according to one source familiar with the matter, who quit the group before it was due to issue its next report in the middle of February.

Final findings are scheduled to be published in the second quarter of this year.

"Today we have ended our observer role in the working group," a spokesman for BMW said on Wednesday, adding the company is continuing its own internal research into the issue.