In an investigation into potentially fraudulent emissions data, the BBC reports that more than 250 members of German law enforcement searched 11 Daimler offices. If authorities find evidence, Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, will be the latest to join Volkswagen in carrying out emissions scandals.
In response to the potential emissions cheating at Daimler, the BBC reports that 23 prosecutors and 230 police officers searched company offices across the German states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Berlin, Lower Saxony and Saxony.
Daimler told the BBC it was cooperating with authorities.
The investigation is around suspicion of fraud and misleading advertising, the BBC reports, and Daimler said “known and unknown employees” were being sought in the investigation—whatever that means.
Should employees be found guilty of fraudulent emissions data, Daimler will join an ever-growing list of automakers cheating the emissions systems that help tone down vehicle pollution. Across the ocean, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in a fight with U.S. regulators over 104,000 cheating vehicles. The suspicion in the industry has long been that Volkswagen wasn’t the only company to cheat—just the ones who were probably most brazen, and the ones who got caught first.
Happy breathing! At this rate, the air won’t be great much longer.