Mercedes – Benz was ordered to recall 7,74,000 of its cars from all over Europe by the German Transport Ministry.
Vito, C-class and GLC models may be recalled
As a matter of fact, a test revealed that some models of Mercedes were found to have been installed with a software used to manipulate nitrogen oxide emissions from the exhaust. Mercedes was also instructed by Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA) to immediately recall some models of Vito, C-class, and GLC due to unauthorized use of Defeat Devices in them. Germany alone is supposedly having around 2,38,000 such Daimler vehicles. Mercedes – Benz has Daimler as its parent company.
Defeat Device results in greater unwanted emissions
As per information, the amount of AdBlue solution injected into the SCR filter is regulated by the software program known as ‘Defeat- Device’. Independent test results on various models of Mercedes – Benz have shown that the software is designed to lower the amount of AdBlue being injected after a certain period of time to reduce SCR filter efficiency. Although Mercedes claims lower emissions under test conditions, the fact is that this results in higher harmful exhaust emissions under actual driving conditions.
Authorities meet Mercedes chairman
A meeting was held between Mercedes chairman Dieter Zetsche and the German transport minister, Andreas Scheuer in Berlin recently, where irregularities in the functioning of Mercedes cars’ turbocharged four-cylinder engine were discussed.
It is believed that the snag is there in the Euro IV certified, latest generation models also!
Promising to co-operate with the authorities, Daimler assured Scheuer that they would remove the suspected software. Apparently, 1.6 liters Vito 111 CDI, the 2.0 liter C 220d and GLC 220d are the models needed to be taken care of.
EU commissioner expects recall of cars from all over Europe
Looking at the popularity of C 220d and GLC 220d, Mercedes might have to recall a reasonably good number of vehicles in the UK. Calling for action by all 28 EU member states, EU Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska asked for mandatory recalls of Defeat Device installed Mercedes models by all the member countries.
Bild am Sonntag, a German newspaper reported recently that the German Transport Ministry claimed to have found five AdBlue and SCR switch off functions in the hence identified diesel car models of Mercedes – Benz. These are said to be illegal in nature.
Mercedes defends the legality of the software
Trying to defend itself later, Mercedes insisted that its diesel engine software follows all laws and rules laid down by EU. To enhance engine life and efficiency, carmakers are allowed to switch off the SCR filter in diesel engines as a choice.
To avoid any fines by the European Union, Zetsche said that Mercedes-Benz is working on improving the software to accommodate the suggestions by the German Transport Ministry. Daimler, however, expects more clarity on the legality of the software in question, as per a statement issued by it later.
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