Daimler Recalls 774,000 Diesel Vehicles for Emissions Software
Mercedes C-Class, Vito, and GLC European models affected by latest issue with diesel emissions ‘defeat devices,’ BBC News reports.
Over the past few decades, diesel engines have been able to run more cleanly than before thanks to low-sulfur fuel and urea treatments. However, for several years, “diesel” has been a dirty word because of corporate deception connected to the emissions modern diesel engines actually produce, “Dieselgate” being the best known case of it.
Now comes news that the German government has ordered Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany over emissions concerns because they’re equipped with what the German ministry of transportation calls “illegal shutdown devices.” According to BBC News, “Across Europe, a total of 774,000 diesel vehicles contain ‘defeat devices’ and Daimler said it would recall them all.” Most of the vehicles that will be affected by this initiative are the diesel versions of the C-Class, Vito, and GLC.
German transport minister Andreas Scheuer said, “Daimler states that it will, at maximum speed and with co-operative transparency with the authorities, remove the applications in the engine control system which the government objects to.” BBC News reports that Daimler chairman, Dieter Zetsche, said that the automaker has found a solution to the software issue and that he doesn’t expect Daimler to be fined. Daimler will make alterations to their software, but has not admitted any wrongdoing.
Dieselgate did a lot of damage to Volkswagen’s management structure and reputation, but this newest recall may not have as detrimental an effect on Daimler. At least one industry professional, an analyst named Arndt Ellinghorst with investment banking advisory firm Evercore ISI, doesn’t think these developments will hurt Daimler.
“We don’t see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing,” Ellinghorst told BBC News. He added, “The criticised software is part of engine management and so called auxiliary emissions control devices [which can turn off emissions controls during driving for other reasons, such as to protect the engine].”