Germany orders Daimler to recall 238,000 diesel vehicles

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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. However, the software defeat devices, which can allegedly reduce the level of emissions under official test conditions, are believed to be fitted to nearly 774,000 vehicles scattered throughout Europe.

Germany ordered Monday the recall of some 774,000 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler across Europe, citing illegal "defeat devices" created to hide high levels of harmful emissions from regulators´ tests.

Daimler said in response that the recall was clearly limited to the numbers announced on Monday.

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

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"The government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany wide because of unauthorised defeat devices", the Ministry said.

The KBA has not indicated the age of the cars involved, although officials suggest they include latest-generation models with Euro IV emissions certification.

Mr Scheuer said Daimler was willing to work "with co-operative transparency" with the government and "at maximum speed". It also said the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

Among the features brought into question by the KBA is the software used to regulate the amount of AdBlue solution injected into the SCR filter on the models.

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

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.

Across Europe a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles contain "defeat devices" and Daimler said it would recall them all.

With cities across Europe battling against the high levels of smog-inducing nitrogen oxide (produced mainly by diesel engines), the new Transport Minister, Scheuer had taken a much more hardline stance against auto companies and diesel emissions issues. It is the same department that has handled the recall of up to 100,000 Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda and Porsche-badged vehicles here to remove similar cheat devices.

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