Friday, 19 October, 2018

Emissions cheat declared in 774K Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Daimler Allegedly Used 5 Defeat Devices In Diesel Cars Daimler Allegedly Used 5 Defeat Devices In Diesel Cars
Ginger Lawrence | 12 June, 2018, 08:52

The German transport authority, KBA, found five "illegal switch-off devices" in engines built by Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, Reuters quotes the Bild am Sonntag.

Daimler said last month it would appeal against an order by the KBA to recall the Mercedes van Vito 1.6l Diesel Euro 6 model, following a transport ministry investigation.

Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO, will meet Germany's transport minister Andreas Scheuer today to discuss the problem and what should be done next.

In a separate statement, Daimler confirmed the recall and said the question over the legality of the software would still need to be clarified. The emissions scandal has hung over the German auto industry since September 2015, when Volkswagen admitted to using software that could tell when a diesel vehicle was being tested and temporarily lower its toxic emissions to pass USA regulations.

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Federal safety investigators have been looking into a series of accidents, including at least two datal ones, involving self-driving cars.

The "Dieselgate" scandal has cost VW about $30 billion in fines and other costs. However, Germany's road vehicle authority, the KBA, has taken issue with the emission control features amid suspicion they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

"The whole European vehicle industry is still stuck in this diesel quagmire, and everything that's been done so far has done nothing to set it free", auto industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer of the vehicle research centre told AFP - pointing also to Italian and French automakers.

Otherwise, "car firms will continue to stumble into the future and watch as their reputations are destroyed", he warned.

For their part, German firms have announced dozens of new electric and hybrid models for the coming years in a bid to bring down emissions of both greenhouse gas Carbon dioxide - the original reason they turned to diesel - and of harmful NOx.