Daimler recalls 3 million diesel cars in Europe
22 July, 2017
German automaker Daimler announced it is to recall millions of Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles. The move comes as German authorities investigate the firm for allegedly cheating on emissions tests, news wires reported. Daimler is to invest some €220m into the recall, which would be free for car owners, the company said.
The automaker is seeking to improve its emissions performance in the wake of a public debate over the future of diesel. The voluntary recall covers almost all of the diesel vehicles made under EU5 and EU6 emission standards, or some 3 million Mercedes-Benz cars across Europe. “We are convinced that diesel engines will continue to be a fixed element of the drive-system mix, not least due to their low CO2 emissions,” CEO Dieter Zetsche said. “The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty, especially for our customers. We have therefore decided on additional measures to strengthen confidence in diesel technology,” he added.
The move also comes as regulators and criminal investigators on both sides of the Atlantic are scrutinising Mercedes-Benz on suspicion that some of its diesel vehicles used illegal defeat devices, an allegation raised by environmental groups that Daimler has repeatedly denied. In Germany, public concern about diesel bans has led to a sharp drop in diesel sales and forced Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to create a round table to encourage the auto industry to adopt voluntary measures to curb diesel pollution and prevent cities from banning diesel vehicles.