Daimler ordered to recall cars over diesel emissions

Daimler has been ordered by the German Government to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany, after they were found to be fitted with defeat devices.

The company says that 774,000 diesel models across Europe contain illegal emissions cheating software, and that all of them will be recalled.

The news comes almost three years after the VW emissions scandal broke, which saw around 11 million models fitted with software that could detect when the car was undergoing emissions testing, and adjust settings to reduce emissions.

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has ordered “an immediate formal recall because of prohibited shutoff devices", with the manufacturer set to fix software in models, including the Mercedes Benz C-Class and GLC in 220d specification, and the Vito.

Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche has confirmed that a fix is ready to go, and that he doesn't expect the manufacturer to face fines because of the recall.

Daimler has already recalled three million Mercedes models built from 2011 onwards, and retro-fitted them with improved emissions control systems.

European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska has commented via Twitter that the “Diesel scandal still not over. It is really time to make rapid progress on zero emission cars."

Find out more about the emissions scandal here

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:12th Jun 2018

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