Daimler ordered to recall almost 774,000 diesels in Europe for emissions software

Marco Green
June 13, 2018

"In our integrated emission control systems, there are several hundred functions interlocked with each other, which can not be considered independently from each other", a Daimler spokesperson told The Drive.

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer summoned Zetsche after the country's KBA Motor Vehicle Authority discovered "inadmissible defeat devices" in Mercedes-Benz engines, even as Daimler disputes they were illegal.

The recall will involve updating the engine control software in Mercedes-Benz C-Class models, as well as its GLC crossover SUV (seen here) and Vito van, a model not sold in North America. The automaker is being ordered by the Germany government to recall 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe over concerns stemming from "prohibited shutoff devices".

The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt said 238,000 vehicles in the country have unauthorised software fitted and has demanded that they are fixed immediately by the auto maker.

That said, it has pledged to remove the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said.

Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst predicted the costs for the required software update for Daimler would be less than 100 million euros ($118 million).

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German Regulator Found Defeat Devices In Daimler Diesel Cars

Daimler said in a statement only that it "confirmed the recall" and added that "open legal questions will be clarified in appeal proceedings".

'Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock'.

"The criticised software is part of engine management and so-called auxiliary emissions control devices [which can turn off emissions controls during driving for other reasons, such as to protect the engine]".

This latest development follows news past year that saw Daimler accused of selling over one million cars with excess emissions in Europe and the U.S., following earlier reports in the German media.

These devices were fitted to cheat the emissions testing regime by activating in the laboratory to be able to meet the emissions standard for NOx. In all, the agency believes that this tallies up to around 1 million vehicles across all of Europe.

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