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France blocks Mercedes registrations over non-compliant refrigerant

France is blocking Mercedes A, B and CLA class new registrations, because they are still using R134a in their air conditioning, according to news agency Reuters

France has blocked the registration of some new Mercedes-Benz vehicles due a controversial air-conditioning refrigerant, a European Union source told Reuters.

The EU official said that France had blocked the registration because the cars contained R134a, which is no longer permitted in new cars in the European Union, under the terms of the Mobile Air Conditioning Directive.

French authorities have refused to register Mercedes A class, B class and CLA cars, even though German authorities have approved them, a Daimler spokesman told trade magazine Automotive News Europe.

He said: “We don’t have a clear picture yet about the situation in France and the reasons behind the current situation,” the spokesman said.

Daimler continues to defy the European authorities, citing its testing that found HFO 1234 - currently the only approved compliant refrigerant - to be flammable in a head-on collision. It and fellow German carmaker VW have appealed for an extension to the MAC Directive so they can develop a volume-production carbon dioxide alternative.

However, the EU recently gave the German transport authority an ultimatum, suggesting that if it doesn’t give better reasons for its carmakers not complying, it will pursue infringement measures against them. These can extend to daily fines until the problem is rectified.

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