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Mercedes recalls diesel cars for updates

Source: Sky News.

Mercedes-Benz is recalling hundreds of thousands of cars in the UK for a software update to reduce their nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

Almost every new diesel bought over the past six years is affected by the move, which the company said was voluntary and would involve owners being contacted to be offered the upgrade.

German owner Daimler said it was taking the action across Europe covering three million vehicles in total.

It refused to give a country-by-country breakdown but said one million were sold in Germany. It is believed the UK numbers are still being finalised.

The UK is one of its biggest customers in the EU – with 170,000 Mercs sold in the country last year alone.
The vehicles affected have diesel engines meeting the Euro 5 standard – implemented in 2011 – and the existing Euro 6 rules which further limited the output of NOx and particulates – blamed for thousands of deaths each year.

Daimler told Sky News it “did not expect” the update to result in any changes to performance, certified fuel consumption, noise or reliability.”

It said it was taking the action, at a cost of £190m, to “reassure” customers as many manufacturers move to shun diesel technology in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal of 2015.
VW admitted then it had fitted so-called defeat devices to diesel cars sold in the US to cheat emission testing regimes.

It has since been forced to pay billions in fines and compensation in the US.


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