German Regulator Found Defeat Devices In Daimler Diesel Cars

Lloyd Doyle
June 12, 2018

Germany's Transport Ministry announced on Monday that 774 000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe had been found to contain unauthorised software, aka "defeat devices", and ordered parent company Daimler to recall more than 200 000 cars in Germany. The firm's compression ignition engines use urea nitrate liquids to naturalize nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes.

A court in Stuttgart, where Daimler is based, issued a search warrant against the company to investigate excess emissions on more than one million cars sold between 2008 and 2016 in Europe and the USA, according to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung.

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

The reports allege that two engines (OM 642 and OM 651) come with devices that shut down emissions controls under certain situations.

"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.

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.

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

A Daimler spokesman said he would not comment on the BamS story, adding, "We are cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry".

The company is reportedly confident it can bring the vehicles back into compliance via software update.

'For the existence of the relevant test cycle NEDC, the specific programming in question is not required'.

'We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing, ' he said.

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