Mercedes recalls cars over emission "shutdown devices"

Irving Hamilton
June 13, 2018

The report claims that, during KBA's investigation, five "illegal switch-off devices" have been discovered in the bulk of the automaker's Euro 6 diesel motors, encompassing at least one million vehicles in total.

The move mostly affects Vito vans and diesel-powered versions of GLC 4x4s and C-class sedans, Scheuer added.

German carmaker Daimler has been ordered to recall 774,000 autos from across Europe, it was reported Monday, after earlier news that the company's cars contained defeat devices sent shares plunging Monday morning.

The Mercedes-Benz star is displayed on the front of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle at the annual news conference of German auto giant Daimler AG in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on February 1, 2018. Last year, Mercedes-Benz retrofitted roughly 3 million cars with modified emissions controls to bring those cars into compliance with Euro 5 and Euro 6 regulations.

"The government will order 238 000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the ministry said in a statement. However, the KBA has taken issue with the emission control features amid suspicion they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

Daimler hasn't denied the existence of the functions, but have refuted the suggestion that they are illegal.

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"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.

It's now unclear how many models in the United Kingdom are impacted.

"We are cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry."

Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst predicted the costs for the required software update for Daimler would be less than 100million euros (£88million).

Zetsche or Daimler didn't say anything about what the company's software may be created to do, but it's the second large fix for the automaker in as many years.

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