The Administrative Center for Defective Products of China (DPAC) is currently investigating BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz because it appears the three companies used asphalt as sound deadener.

The Administrative Center for Defective Products of China (DPAC) is currently investigating BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz because it appears the three companies used asphalt as sound deadener.

While this may sound like an April 1 joke, it's as serious as it gets since Brilliance-BMW, FAW-Volkswagen and Beijing-Benz were found to use asphalt in the damping plates of some of their models. Damping plates are used for waterproofing as well as for absorbing noises and vibrations.

This thorough inspection will figure out if these cars meet the current environmental standards applicable in China. At the moment none of the three automakers received any fines but were asked to check their operations and solve the problem. Most likely, all three will announce major recalls in the following period.  

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