Illegal Defeat Devices Discovered In Daimler Vehicles

Lloyd Doyle
June 12, 2018

The authority said it suspected the emissions-control devices were being used in the bulk of Daimler's new diesel auto fleet that was built to comply with the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, encompassing some 1 million vehicles, according to the report. The list of offending vehicles includes the C-Class GLC and Vito.

"The federal government will order an immediate official recall because of illegal defeat devices", Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said in a statement.

Recent weeks have seen Germany's KBA vehicle licensing authority hit Volkswagen subsidiaries Audi and Porsche with mass recall orders over their engine control software, as well as a smaller batch of cars from rival BMW.

Daimler has pledged to work on removing the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said. 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.

A Daimler spokesman confirmed the recall to AFP, adding "legal questions will be cleared up in the appeal procedure" against the transport ministry decision. "Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock".

Daimler has previously clashed with the KBA's findings regarding diesel emissions, and has maintained it has done nothing wrong.

Since rival Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating USA emissions tests, German carmakers including VW, Daimler and BMW have faced a backlash against diesel technology in which they have invested billions of euros.

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