Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Defeat devices reportedly found in diesel Daimlers

Defeat devices reportedly found in diesel Daimlers

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been ordered to recall some 774,000 vehicles in Europe after German transportation officials allegedly found up to five illegal emissions control devices on a handful of cars. Last year, Mercedes-Benz retrofitted roughly 3 million cars with modified emissions controls to bring those cars into compliance with Euro 5 and Euro 6 regulations.

Since then, Daimler has pledged to remove the illegal software and co-operate with authorities. The list of offending vehicles includes the C-Class GLC and Vito.

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

The recall only applies to Germany at the moment because the KBA's authority does not extend beyond the country's borders.

German recall affects 220d versions of C-class and GLC, as well as some Vito vans.

Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche was summoned to meet with German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer on Monday to discuss the KBA's findings.

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"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorized defeat devices", the ministry said in a statement. A statement posted to Twitter confirmed that Daimler will go ahead with the ordered action. Even today it insisted that "Open legal questions will be clarified in the objection proceedings". AdBlue is an additive injected into the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) filter to reduce emissions. Marchionne's initial comments surrounding the disputed software centered around its inclusion to prolong the life of the engine, leading many to speculate that exhaust gas recirculation or temperature conditioning could be a culprit.

Modern diesel vehicles use an injection system to pump a fluid known commonly as AdBlue (comprised of one-third part urea and two-thirds part deionized water) into the exhaust stream of diesel vehicles.

The auto industry's diesel emissions scandal continues to spread its noxious tentacles.

BMW recalled 12,000 diesel cars over the issue in February, while Porsche recalled 60,000 in May.

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