Daimler Must Recall 60,000 Mercedes Cars for Emissions Breach

Daimler says they will fight the decision of the German Transportation Ministry.
Jessica Miley

Daimler will recall 60,000 Mercedes diesel cars in Germany after it was found that the cars had software that distorts emission tests, the German Transportation Ministry announced over the weekend.

Daimler has confirmed that the Mercedes-Benz GLK 220, produced between 2012 and 2015 has been ordered to be recalled, but they also declared that they would appeal the decision.


The ministry, on the other hand, says their investigation into the company is not over and will now expand to other models. 

'Dieselgate' continues to cause chaos

Volkswagen was the first company to admit to emission testing cheating in 2015. Other carmakers have since been discovered doing similar practices.

Daimler has already recalled 3 million vehicles that are producing excess emissions from their diesel engines. The German news outlet, Bild am Sonntag, first reported the recall on Saturday and noted that the German regulatory authorities were expanding their investigation.

Suspicions were raised when Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI cars produced between 2012 and 2015, only met emission limits when certain functions within the car's software were activated. The emissions scandal has tarnished many major automakers.

Daimler Must Recall 60,000 Mercedes Cars for Emissions Breach
Mercedes GLK 220. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Volkswagen still reeling from emissions cheating scandal

Worst affected has been VW, who to date has admitted to installing the illegal emissions-cheating software in 11 million diesel cars worldwide and paid out more than €25 billion in fines and compensation fees since the scandal broke.

Some automakers have been discovered using similar ‘defeat devices’ through regulatory investigations while others have been quick to come forward and admit to breaches before being reviewed.

For example, Audi notified authorities when it discovered "irregularities" in the emissions controls of A6 and A7 models during internal investigations. Some have also seen their earnings hit by regulations. 

European Union watchful

The European Union suspects major European carmakers of working together to develop ways to get around the strict emissions regulations. 

EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated in March that while cooperation between competitors to improve technology was entirely acceptable, "EU competition rules do not allow them to collude on exactly the opposite: not to improve their products, not to compete on quality. We are concerned that this is what happened in this case." 

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