Almost a million vehicles caught in Mercedes-Benz's emissions scandal

Mercedes-Benz C220d

Mercedes-Benz C220d

It came on the back of a May missive from the KBA, which ordered Daimler to recall 4923 Vito vans that had been sold despite not meeting compliance regulations, while it "voluntarily" recalled three million cars under KBA pressure to improve emissions performance.

A Daimler spokesman said he would not comment on the BamS story, adding, "We are cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry".

"The Government will order 238,000 Daimler vehicles to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised shutoff devices", the KBA said in a statement.

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The recall only applies to Germany at the moment because the KBA's authority does not extend beyond the country's borders. Germany's transportation minister met with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Monday before announcing the recall.

Five models in total are reported to be affected, including the volume-selling Mercedes C-Class - the UK's ninth most popular vehicle a year ago - and GLC SUV variants.

Six Mercedes-Benz models appeared in environmental lobby group Transport and Environment's 2016 "Dirty 50" list of diesel cars and SUVs, with the finger pointed at both thermal switches and another hot-restart software loophole.

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"Daimler [Mercedes-Benz's parent company] says the applications in the motor control software the federal government has found fault with will be removed at the greatest possible speed and in cooperative transparency with the authorities".

Zetsche or Daimler didn't say anything about what the company's software may be created to do, but it's the second large fix for the automaker in as many years. Even today it insisted that "Open legal questions will be clarified in the objection proceedings". Carmakers that use this system argue it's part of ensuring longevity rather than an attempt to cheat. VW was found to have so-called "cheat" devices installed in 11 million vehicles, which kept NOx levels low during laboratory tests but then switched off in normal driving.

The auto industry's diesel emissions scandal continues to spread its noxious tentacles.

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