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An auto refrigerant developed by Honeywell International Inc.

  and DuPont Co. and forecast to generate billions of dollars in sales is being shunned by two of Germany’s largest carmakers after failing Daimler AG internal safety tests.

Daimler says it won’t use the chemical and is recalling Mercedes-Benz cars that contain the product, defying a Jan. 1 European Union deadline to use the refrigerant in new models. Volkswagen AG, Europe’s largest automaker, is re-evaluating the product in light of Daimler’s tests and won’t use it “until further notice,” Jeannine Ginivan, a spokeswoman for the Wolfsburg-based company, said Dec. 20.



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