Daimlergate continues, as German authorities are forcing Daimler to recall in service 60,000 Mercedes-Benz GLK units produced between 2012-2015 because they were equipped with a software for emissions trickling.
The German Federal Transportation Authority (KBA) announced in mid-April that it has launched an investigation into Daimler’s use of a software for tricking emissions on the Mercedes-Benz GLK SUV. The German auto regulator was looking into suspicious software in the Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI cars produced between 2012 and 2015, after tests showed they only meet emissions limits when a certain function is activated.
At the end of more than two months of investigations, the German authorities have determined that the manufacturer has indeed used software for fouling emissions and has forced Daimler to make a recall. In total 60,000 Mercedes-Benz GLK units produced during 2012-2015 are affected.
Mercedes-Benz officials have already announced that they will appeal to this decision, which they consider unjustified, but say they will continue to work with KBA.
Meanwhile, the German Ministry of Transport announced that it would extend another investigation to other Mercedes-Benz models.
In fact, Daimler announced on Sunday that investors expect that this year’s revenues will be at the same level as last year, given that it will have to allocate hundreds of millions of euros for the diesel cars recall.
In total, since the outbreak of the Dieselgate scandal in 2015, Daimler has had to recall in service some 3 million diesel-powered cars that actually have significantly higher emissions of nitrogen oxide than those in the technical data.