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Daimler forced to recall Mercedes with defeat devices

Daimler forced to recall Mercedes with defeat devices

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.

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.

That said, it has pledged to remove the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said.

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 main offenders in this case are diesel-powered versions of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, GLC SUV as well as Vito commercial vehicle.

Yet T&E's 2016 survey showed Mercedes-Benz's average diesel fleet emitted 6.4 times the EU's NOx emissions limits, rating as worse than Ford, Kia, Toyota, Honda, Audi, Mazda and Jaguar Land Rover.

Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Mercedes' parent company Daimler, is believed to have met with the KBA to discuss their findings.

2019 Mercedes C Class wagon facelift

"In addition, Daimler explains that with maximum processing speed and in cooperative transparency with the authorities, the applications in the engine control system objected to by the federal government are eliminated", Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said in a statement.

Zetsche or Daimler didn't say anything about what the company's software may be created to do, but it's the second large fix for the automaker in as many years.

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. AdBlue is an additive injected into the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) filter to reduce emissions.

Carmakers use software to manage exhaust emissions filtering and engine performance.

The so-called "thermal switch" is set at a particular temperature.

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

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