Saturday, 23 June, 2018


Germany hits Mercedes with mass diesel recall

Mercedes To Recall 774К Diesels In Europe Over Emissions Issues Germany discovers ?illegal? devices that may be in 1M Mercedes diesels - Autoblog
Conrad Doyle | 13 June, 2018, 13:36

Across Europe a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles contain "defeat devices" and Daimler said it would recall them all.

For their part, German firms have announced dozens of new electric and hybrid models for the coming years in a bid to bring down emissions of both greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide - the original reason they turned to diesel - and of harmful NOx.

Daimler declines to comment on the 1 million vehicles figure, but said it is cooperating fully and transparently with the KBA and Germany's Transport Ministry.

The European Commissioner for Industry, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, used the KBA's action to call for mandatory recalls by Daimler across the 28 EU member states.

German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said the ministry and Daimler had "negotiated intensively for many hours" on Monday.

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday that the carmaker had found a technical solution for updating the software on its vehicles, and he therefore expected the company would avoid a fine.

The system bypasses its full emission controls at cold or hot temperatures to take advantage of the "system longevity" loophole in the emissions regulations.

2019 Mercedes C Class wagon facelift

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

In contrast to the Volkswagon emission scandal of 2015 - which led to VW admitting to intentionally designing engines to circumvent emissions testing - Daimler has not admitted to any wrongdoing. "Legal questions will be cleared up in the appeal procedure", says Howe.

"The principal reason for such gross exceedances (sic) is that carmakers routinely switch-off technologies that clean up the exhaust when the auto is driven on the road, and only operate these fully during the narrow conditions of the tests".

This time, it's Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler under investigation.

Mercedes-Benz is caught up in an emissions scandal of its own.

Carmakers use software to manage exhaust emissions filtering and engine performance. Similar campaigns were also organized by Volkswagen and BMW.

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