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Mercedes pays $6.8 million in fines


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Meredes-Benz of North America Inc. paid $6.8 million in fines to the U.S. government for failing to comply with federal fuel-efficiency requirements.

Mercedes, which is a division of Daimler AG, was fined for violations dealing with imported passenger cars for the 2008 model year.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collected $13 million in fines from six automakers in 2009.

Fuel efficiency fines are considered the cost of doing business for many luxury vehicle manufacturers in the US.  Mercedes paid a $28.9 million fine last year.

Online reporting by Thomas Strieker

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