China launches investigation into Audi, BMW and Mercedes for using asphalt

Published on March 26, 2013 by Joey Wang

China says Audi, BMW & Mercedes-Benz are using asphalt in their cars

China’s top quality watchdog has launched an inspection of luxury cars that use asphalt, a material that could release cancer-inducing substances, China Central Television reported (more).

Car makers involved include Beijing-Benz, Brilliance-BMW Automotive and the FAW-Volkswagen. Asphalt was found in the damping plates of some of their models. Damping plates are used to absorb vibrations and noise.

The inspection was launched by the Defective Product of Administration Center, a branch under the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (web). The inspection will evaluate whether these models meet environmental standards. The three automakers will be asked to examine their operations and correct their wrongdoings, and provide related technical reports.

Owners of the involved cars can lodge complaints on DPAC’s website.

Asphalt is a sticky and black compound with waterproofing and damp-proofing characteristics. At high temperatures, asphalt can release toxic chemicals into the air.

Via: ChinaDaily.


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  1. Anon- March 27, 2013 Reply

    Absolutely disgusting. If it’s found that they were only doing this in cars being sold in China then it’s time for a consumer boycott.

  2. brazil420sh- March 27, 2013 Reply

    FAW Volkswagen? Wasn’t it Audi? Which VW models are affected by this asphalt problem?

  3. royalmm- March 27, 2013 Reply

    Audi, Mercedes and BMW using asphalt?! Wow, that’s not good.

  4. Perry- March 28, 2013 Reply

    This is in a lot of the cars. When you peel off your floor carpet in the car, you will see several thick sheet of almost clay like material on the metal floor. In my M3, I removed 20lb of these stuff with heat gun. However, I don’t think they suppose to smell though. At least I didn’t smell them.

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