Daimler Ordered to Recall 774K Diesel Vehicles in Europe
The German government has ordered Daimler to recall 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe for “prohibited shutoff devices.”
The parent company of Mercedes-Benz has been under investigation for irregularities in its diesel emissions and after two meetings with Germany’s top regulator, the automaker failed to alleviate concerns about those irregularities. Now, it has been called to upgrade engine software in the GLC, C-Class sedan, and Vito vans after transport minister Andreas Scheuer met with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche twice in two weeks.
The immediate formal recall is being ordered “because of prohibited shutoff devices,” said Scheuer in a statement released on Monday from Berlin.
The software-focused recall does mean that Daimler will avoid costly fines, and additional costs that could come with a hardware fix. Unlike Volkswagen’s massive diesel scandal, Daimler has adamantly denied wrongdoing, although German’s automotive regulator KBA has discovered five unapproved software functions in the automaker’s Euro 6 diesel engines. Germany’s Bild am Sonntag reported it could affects as many as one-million vehicles.
Daimler said on Monday it is considering an appeal and is willing to go to court if necessary to overturn the order. The affected vehicles are not sold in the U.S.
Last year, Daimler already voluntarily recalled three-million vehicles in Europe to do software updates that improve emissions performance.
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