Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Mercedes cars found to be fitted with defeat devices by authorities

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO, will meet Germany's transport minister Andreas Scheuer today to discuss the problem and what should be done next.

"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.

Five models in total are reported to be affected, including the volume-selling Mercedes C-Class - the UK's ninth most popular vehicle a year ago - and GLC SUV variants.

"Daimler says the applications in the motor control software the federal government has found fault with will be removed at the greatest possible speed and in cooperative transparency with the authorities", Scheuer said.

It added that a total of 774,000 Mercedes vehicles being used across Europe contain the defeat devices.

The authority said it suspected the emissions control devices were being used in the bulk of Daimler's new Euro 6 diesel vehicle fleet, insisting that the devices were in breach of current regulations.

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The company had earlier said that it contested the legal basis for the finding that the Vito's engine controls were disallowed.

In a separate statement, Daimler confirmed the recall and said the question over the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

Daimler has already announced a voluntary recall of three million diesels to install a software fix meant to reduce emissions.

The city of Hamburg introduced a ban on older diesels on two streets suffering from excessive pollution levels on May 31.

Back in 2016 Daimler announced it would conduct an internal investigation over its process of certifying emissions for its cars. 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".

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