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Merc in #dieselgate dogbox as Germany orders big recall

Merc in #dieselgate dogbox as Germany orders big recall

The Mercedes-Benz star is displayed on the front of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle at the annual news conference of German auto giant Daimler AG in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on February 1, 2018.

"The federal government will order an immediate official recall because of illegal defeat devices", Scheuer said in a statement.

The authority said it suspected the emissions control devices were being used in the bulk of Daimler's new Euro 6 diesel auto fleet, encompassing some 1 million vehicles, according to the report.

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.

The Transport Ministry only has authority to force the recall of vehicles within Germany. It's unclear exactly which models are being recalled, but the Vito 119 CDI, C 220 d and GLC 220 d have been identified, according to Autocar.

The Stuttgart-based carmaker has said the US Department of Justice has inquired about the company's emission certification processes, and that German prosecutors in Stuttgart are investigating Daimler employees on suspicion of fraud and criminal advertising.




German authorities say Mercedes-Benz software reduces AdBlue injections after a certain period of time driving.

This latest development follows news past year that saw Daimler accused of selling over one million cars with excess emissions in Europe and the United States, following earlier reports in the German media. It also said the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

Just two months ago in April, Zetsche said Mercedes-Benz customers are showing more confidence in diesel by continuing to buy them in significant numbers.

Daimler (DAIGn.DE) shares fell following a report that up to a million Daimler cars contained illegal defeat devices as Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche prepared to meet the transport minister on Monday.

Evercore estimates the recall will cost Daimler less than €100 million ($155.33m), helped by the fact no fines are now being imposed.