Mercedes recalls hundreds of thousands of diesel cars over emissions "defeat devices"

Mercedes To Recall 774К Diesels In Europe Over Emissions Issues

Mercedes To Recall 774К Diesels In Europe Over Emissions Issues

Since rival Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating US emissions tests, German carmakers including VW, Daimler and BMW have faced a backlash against diesel technology in which they have invested billions of euros.

While Daimler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, stridently denied any cheating, the KBA insisted it had found five unauthorised pieces of emissions-cheating software in 774,000 diesel engines across Europe.

"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the ministry said in a statement.

The huge number of vehicles are being recalled as the company has been accused of fitting emissions defeat devices in certain diesel models by German authorities.

Five models in total are reported to be affected, including the volume-selling Mercedes C-Class - the UK's ninth most popular vehicle a year ago - and GLC SUV variants.

Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche is set to meet with German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer on Monday, after they met last week to discuss diesel emissions.

It's now unclear how many models in the United Kingdom are impacted.

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According to the authorities, the cars use an illegal shut-off device that reduces exhaust gas cleaning when the vehicles are being driven normally on the road. It also said the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

Since then, Daimler has pledged to remove the illegal software and co-operate with authorities.

It is not the first time Daimler has faced problems with its emissions software.

For their part, German firms have announced dozens of new electric and hybrid models for the coming years in a bid to bring down emissions of both greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide - the original reason they turned to diesel - and of harmful NOx.

The ordered recall follows Daimler's decision to voluntarily recall three million vehicles in the European Union a year ago to perform software updates and improve emissions performance.

Evercore estimates the recall will cost Daimler less than €100 million ($155.33m), helped by the fact no fines are now being imposed.

"We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing".

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