Daimler ordered to recall 774000 cars

Daniel Fowler
June 14, 2018

It is believed to have affected around eight million vehicles sold to consumers across the globe.

WITH a government order to recall 774,000 vehicles in Europe, Daimler stands accused of having used illegal defeat device in its engines, while escaping the crushing cost of fines.

German authorities have been cracking down on manufacturers since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first besmirched the reputation of its domestically produced vehicles.

Other auto makers have been found to have fitted defeat devices.

As part of the German recall, engine software will be upgraded in Vito vans as well as the GLC Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and the popular C-Class.

Scheuer said the cars had software that improperly turned off emissions controls.

KBA assumes the devices were meant to help a broad majority of Daimler's new diesel cars pass recently introduced Euro 6 emissions standards.

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Mercedes is facing fresh scrutiny over its cars' emissions, after the German Federal Motor Transport Agency, or KBA, ordered parent company Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany.

Dieter Zetsche, CEO of German vehicle maker Daimler arrives for a meeting at Germany's Traffic and Infrastructure Ministry in Berlin on Monday, June 11, 2018. It's unclear exactly which models are being recalled, but the Vito 119 CDI, C 220 d and GLC 220 d have been identified, according to Autocar.

The reports allege that two engines (OM 642 and OM 651) come with devices that shut down emissions controls under certain situations.

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

Since then, Daimler has pledged to remove the illegal software and co-operate with authorities. The company has already voluntarily recalled around 3 million vehicles in the European Union in 2017 to update the performance of their emissions controls.

'For the existence of the relevant test cycle NEDC, the specific programming in question is not required'.

London's Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst stated that there is no evidence that Daimler had designed software as a deliberate attempt to cheat on emissions tests. "Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock".

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