BMW admits mistake in diesel emissions scandal
Berlin: BMW chief executive officer Harald Krueger and board chairman Norbert Reithofer have admitted the Munich-based company made a mistake in the development of exhaust clearing systems for diesel vehicles.
Speaking during BMW's annual general meeting on Thursday, Krueger said the firm "made a mistake some years ago", which resulted in the accidental installation of inappropriate motor software in 11,700 BMW vehicles, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) subsequently ordered a recall of affected BMW diesel cars affected in 2018. Reithofer emphasized, however, that it was a "manual, human mistake" which had not led to a false depiction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission levels.
"It had nothing to do with a purposeful manipulation of motor use and exhaust clearing systems," he told investors.
BMW is currently awaiting permission from regulatory authorities to correct the software flaw.
Krueger criticized the behavior of a few car makers which were found guilty of purposeful emission cheating practices and had damaged the reputation of the German automotive industry as a whole.