Daimler decided to recall 3 million Mercedez-Benz cars for a free software update


A software update, which Daimler said would take about an hour, will cause the emissions controls to operate under a broader set of conditions. There has been a push for diesel bans in some German cities because of concerns about levels of nitrogen oxide emitted by diesels. “The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty –  especially for our customers,” Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said.

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The recall will cover nearly all vehicles made under the EU5 and EU6 emissions standards and will start in the next few weeks. To do this, the company will have to invest $254.21 million. The company was also asked by the U.S. Justice Department to conduct an internal probe into its exhaust emissions certification process. Daimler denies doing anything illegal. European carmakers have looked to diesel engines to help comply with regulations intended to combat climate change.  Daimler did not immediately announce any recalls for the U.S. market.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed only “is continuing to evaluate light-duty diesel vehicles from a number of manufacturers.” Daimler also announced it would speed up the launch of its newest family of diesel engines.


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