Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Daimler ordered to recall 774000 cars

Daimler ordered to recall 774000 cars

The diesel Mercedes C-Class C220d and GLC 220d, as well as the Vito 119CDI, are said to be affected, with German authorities demanding the recall after "illegal switch-off devices" were detected.

The German government has ordered carmaker Daimler to immediately recall 238,000 vehicles equipped with software that turns off emissions controls under certain conditions.

Daimler has agreed to upgrade engine software in several models sold in Europe, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said, though they will not face fines or requirements for hardware fixes. According to a new Bloomberg report, the latest company in the crosshairs is Daimler, makers of Mercedes-Benz.

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles across Europe after they were found to be fitted with illegal software.

The report of the devices - which modify an engine's exhaust management software to behave differently during emissions testing - closely mirrors the Dieselgate scandal that struck German carmaker Volkswagen in September 2015. However, Germany's road vehicle authority, the KBA, has taken issue with the emission control features amid suspicion they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

"The whole European vehicle industry is still stuck in this diesel quagmire, and everything that´s been done so far has done nothing to set it free", auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the vehicle research centre told AFP - pointing also to Italian and French automakers.

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Otherwise, "car firms will continue to stumble into the future and watch as their reputations are destroyed", he warned.

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.

At the time of the allegations, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne struck a similar tone to Daimler; both automakers said the emissions control devices were legal.

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