Mercedes-Benz has been banned from selling convertibles fitted with its Airscarf heating system following a dispute over patents.
Reuters reports that Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has banned sales of cars fitted with the system – while all references to Airscarf on the manufacturer’s German website appear to have been deleted.
Airscarf, which is available on a range of Mercedes convertibles including the SL and C-Class Cabriolet, provides neck-level heating to keep occupants warm with the roof down.
Integrated into the car’s headrests, the manufacturer claims it “acts like an invisible scarf warming the head and neck areas of the occupants”.
It’s not clear what the dispute over Airscarf patents is, but a Mercedes spokesperson has reportedly said she was ‘astonished’ by the verdict.