Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

  • Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt said 238,000 vehicles in the country have unauthorised software fitted and has demanded that they are fixed immediately by the auto maker.

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

According to the authorities, the cars use an illegal shut-off device that reduces exhaust gas cleaning when the vehicles are being driven normally on the road.

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.

German authorities have also discovered special programming in Daimler cars that they have classified as "inadmissible".

The affected diesel models found to be fitted with these devices are the C-Class, Vito and GLC models, as these were the main ones affected.

"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. However, Germany's road vehicle authority, the KBA, has taken issue with the emission control features amid suspicion they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

In January 2017, US regulators ordered a stop-sale of several Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' diesel-powered models, including its Jeep Grand Cherokee, after regulators said it emitted more nitrogen oxide than allowed by law. Daimler hasn't contested the existence of the devices, but has argued that the devices may not be illegal. 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".

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

Ellinghorst estimated the cost to Daimler to be less than 100 million euros.