Mercedes recalls cars over emission "shutdown devices"

Germany discovers ?illegal? devices that may be in 1M Mercedes diesels - Autoblog

Five models in total are reported to be affected, including the volume-selling Mercedes C-Class - the UK's ninth most popular auto a year ago - and GLC SUV variants.

Daimler shares fell following a report that up to 1 million Daimler cars contain illegal defeat devices, as Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche prepared to meet the transport minister on Monday.

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.

Daimler said it would refit the software but denied any wrongdoing.

The company had earlier said that it contested the legal basis for the finding that the Vito's engine controls were disallowed.

German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday that German transportation officials may have found up to five illegal emissions control devices on the vehicles, according to Reuters.

Recent weeks have seen Germany´s KBA vehicle licensing authority hit Volkswagen subsidiaries Audi and Porsche with mass recall orders over their engine control software, as well as a smaller batch of cars from rival BMW.

Mercedes recall GLC
The Mercdes GLC is among the affected models

In January 2017, USA 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.

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.

The company is reportedly confident it can bring the vehicles back into compliance via software update.

"We are cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry."

In a separate statement, Daimler confirmed the recall and said the question over the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

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

'Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock'.

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