Some 774,000 Mercedes-Benz cars across Europe had actually used software to beat diesel emission tests, said Germany’s transport ministry.
Daimler, the owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, was informed to recall 238,000 automobiles in Germany.
“The government will purchase 238,000 Daimler cars to be immediately recalled Germany-wide since of unauthorised defeat gadgets,” the transport ministry said.
Germany can just order the recall of cars within its own borders, or of those vehicles released with a pan-European road-worthiness accreditation by means of German authorities.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Vito and GLC models fitted with diesel engines were found to have problems, the ministry included. Daimler has actually pledged to work with authorities to remove the software.
Last week, Daimler’s chief executive Dieter Zetsche was summoned to address concerns by the ministry after Germany’s KBA automobile authority stated it found illegal software in one of its designs.
Daimler is the latest automaker to be carried prior to regulators after Volkswagen confessed to cheating diesel emission tests in 2015. Volkswagen’s costs for fines, fixing and changing lorries is nearly $30bn ($23.4 bn).
According to Spiegel magazine, German transport minister Andreas Scheuer threatened to fine Daimler 3.75 bn euros (₤ 3.3 bn) over the scandal. The ministry can enforce fines of up to 5,000 euros per vehicle.
On Monday, Mr Zetsche stated the company had actually found a solution to fix the software application and did not expect a fine.
Daimler said it was cooperating with authorities and the legality of the software need to be clarified.
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