Daimler has been ordered by the German government to recall Mercedes C-Class, GLC and Vito models to remove emission control defeat devices.
It’s three years since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scam emerged, and the fallout from VW’s blatant manipulation of emissions testing continues as car maker across Europe come under scrutiny for the software they use to control car emissions, both in testing and the real world.
Now it’s Mercedes’ turn to have the spotlight pointed at how their software manipulates emissions controls, and the German government has declared they’re unhappy with those control on the C-CLass, GLC and Vito van, and have ordered Mercedes to recall all models.
The German authorities only have the power to force Daimler to recall vehicles in Germany, but it seems Mercedes will recall all 774,000 vehicles sold across Europe to update their software.
On the face of it this looks like another VW dieselgate, but in fact is all about interpretation of the rules surrounding emissions controls. Daimler/Mercedes are adamant they have done nothing wrong, and there seems to be no prospect of fines , with this recall appearing to be a ‘negotiated’ solution.
It revolve around how and when emissions controls can be switched off to protect the engine, and the German government clearly feel Mercedes has allowed the software in the C-Class, GLC and Vito to close down emissions control in circumstances where it’s not really necessary.