Prosecutors searched Germany's Continental in diesel emissions probe

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Continental AG, a German automotive manufacturing company specialized in tyres, brakes and car safety products is pictured on a rim at the company's stand during the Hannover Fair in Hanover, Germany, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German auto supplier Continental CONG.DE on Thursday said its premises in the German cities of Hanover and Regensburg were searched by prosecutors on Sept. 22 as part of an ongoing probe into emissions cheating devices.

Continental said it is cooperating with authorities.

The Hanover prosecutor’s office could not be reached for comment.

In July prosecutors in Hanover searched Continental, investigating its role in supplying engine components for a 1.6 litre VW diesel engine which had breached emissions limits and masked excessive pollution using illegal software.

At the time, prosecutors searched premises in Hanover, Regensburg, Wolfsburg, Gifhorn, Berlin, Frankfurt and Nuremberg and investigated employees of Continental for abetting fraud and for providing false documentation.

Continental late on Wednesday warned it would post a third-quarter loss when it reports financial results on Nov. 11.

Reporting by Jan Schwartz and Joern Poltz; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Maria Sheahan