Daimler ordered to recall 774000 cars

Lloyd Doyle
June 13, 2018

Daimler, like other vehicle manufacturers, uses urea nitrate liquids to neutralize nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes.

Germany ordered Monday the recall of some 774,000 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler across Europe, citing illegal "defeat devices" created to hide high levels of harmful emissions from regulators┬┤ tests.

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer summoned Zetsche after the country's KBA Motor Vehicle Authority discovered "inadmissible defeat devices" in Mercedes-Benz engines, even as Daimler disputes they were illegal.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles across Europe after they were found to be fitted with illegal software.

The recall will involve updating the engine control software in Mercedes-Benz C-Class models, as well as its GLC crossover SUV (seen here) and Vito van, a model not sold in North America.

Germany can only order the recall of vehicles within its own borders, or of those vehicles issued with a pan-European road-worthiness certification via German authorities.


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

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

The auto maker said in a statement: 'The functions are part of a complex emission control system created to ensure robust emission control in different driving conditions and over the life of a vehicle. 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".

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

Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst predicted the costs for the required software update for Daimler would be less than 100 million euros ($118 million). "Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock".

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