MERCEDESMercedes-Benz diesel cars found to be fitted with emissions defeat devices
13 June, 2018, 12:18
The KBA mentioned that it believed Daimler had equipped the device in the majority of its "Euro 6" classified diesel engines, meaning that at minimum, vehicles manufactured after September 2014 when the pollution standard became effective.
"The federal government will order an immediate official recall because of illegal defeat devices", Scheuer said in a statement.
The authority said it suspected the emissions-control devices were being used in the bulk of Daimler's new diesel auto fleet that was built to comply with the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, encompassing some 1 million vehicles, according to the report.
The diesel versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito and GLC models are the main ones affected, the ministry said.
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.
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's now unclear how many models in the United Kingdom are impacted.
MERCEDESMercedes GLC C Class and Vito cars found to be with emissions defeat devices
Similar to Volkswagen's dieselgate scandal, it means these cars produce increased emission of harmful nitrogen oxides in the hands of customers compared to when they're tested for type approval by regulators.
The company is reportedly confident it can bring the vehicles back into compliance via software update.
In a separate statement, Daimler confirmed the recall and said the question over the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.
A spokesman for the company declined to comment on specifics regarding the case, but said: "We are cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry".
Just two months ago in April, Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz customers are showing more confidence in diesel by continuing to buy them in significant numbers.
Thus far, Daimler continues to deny any legal wrongdoing when it comes to diesels and the automaker will avoid any fines stemming from this issue as long as it carries out the recall.
"We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing", he said.
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