Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices

Andrew Cummings
June 13, 2018

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 Government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised shutoff devices", the KBA said in a statement.

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.

Mercedes recall GLC
The Mercdes GLC is among the affected models

It relates to four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines fitted to Euro6-compatible 220d variants of the C-class and GLC SUV, as well as the Vito van.

German authorities have been cracking down on manufacturers since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal first besmirched the reputation of its domestically produced vehicles. 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.

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.


The ordered recall follows Daimler's decision to voluntarily recall three million vehicles in the European Union a year ago to perform software updates and improve emissions performance.

Daimler has pledged to work on removing the software and to co-operate with authorities, the ministry said.

Thus far, Daimler continues to deny any legal wrongdoing when it comes to diesels and the automaker will avoid any fines stemming from this issue as long as it carries out the recall.


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.

Evercore ISI analyst Arndt Ellinghorst said the recall would not harm the company.

'We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing, ' he said. "Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock".


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