Germany orders recall of 774,000 Daimler cars in Europe over emissions
13 Juin, 2018, 12:15 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
Similar to Volkswagen's dieselgate scandal, it means these cars produce increased emission of harmful nitrogen oxides in the hands of customers compared to when they're tested for type approval by regulators.
The German Transport Ministry (KBA) yesterday ordered Mercedes-Benz to recall nearly 240,000 diesel-powered cars for alleged emissions cheating.
Mercedes-Benz is caught up in an emissions scandal of its own.
The announcement came a day after Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that the national road vehicle authority KBA had found five illegal switch-off devices in Daimler diesels. The Mercedes-Benz Vito commercial van, C220d sedan, and GLC220d vehicles sold in Europe are affected by the recall.
German recall affects 220d versions of C-class and GLC, as well as some Vito vans.
"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the Ministry said.
Mercedes-Benz NZ had no comment to make on the German recall.
The automaker says it is cooperating fully with the German Transport Ministry and KBA investigation; Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche met with the German Transport Minister on June 11 to discuss the report.
Mr Scheuer said that Daimler was willing to work "with co-operative transparency" with the government and "at maximum speed".
In a statement posted on Twitter, the company said: "Daimler confirms the recall". AdBlue is an additive injected into the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) filter to reduce emissions.
"This is partially to improve official fuel economy figures but is also due to questions about the durability of the emissions treatment systems carmakers have used - specifically exhaust gas recirculation systems that pump hot exhaust gases with a lower oxygen content back into the cylinders to lower production of NOx".
The so-called "thermal switch" is set at a particular temperature.
"The whole European vehicle industry is still stuck in this diesel quagmire, and everything that´s been done so far has done nothing to set it free", auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the vehicle research centre told AFP - pointing also to Italian and French automakers.
BMW recalled 12,000 diesel cars over the issue in February, while Porsche recalled 60,000 in May.
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