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Thousands Of Mercedes-Benz Diesel Cars To Be Recalled By Daimler


Thousands Of Mercedes-Benz Diesel Cars To Be Recalled By Daimler
German auto maker Daimler has been ordered to recall hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles by the federal transport authority of Germany, the KBA, over issues related to the company violating emission rules, the auto company informed the media recently.
"We estimate that the recall will concern a six-digit figure," the company said in its statement to the media and added that it will "cooperate with the authorities".
A number of waves of Daimler vehicles that had been manufactured and sold by the company in recent years were all ordered to be recalled by the KBA. The regulator had recently uncovered that the vehicles of the company made excessive emissions. However, any relation of the company with the so-called "dieselgate" scandal that broke in September of 2015 in the United States have been continuously denied and rejected by it repeatedly.
The company said in a statement that at least 260,000 "Sprinter" type vans are involved in the recall concerns and that all of these vehicles were manufactured by it before June 2016 and therefore it is unlikely that those vehicles would be part of the diesel emission scandal.
According to German media, an investigation against Daimler over the issue had first been initiated by the KBA in early October over suspicion that "illegal software" had been installed in the vehicles by the company with the aim of creating an impression that the vehicles emit lower levels of carbon emissions than is mandatory when put into tests at the laboratories while they actually produced greater than mandated emissions.
The company has already recalled about 700,000 cars which included recalling about 300,000 in Germany alone.
German authorities first initiated investigations in 2015 about the diesel emission cheating scandal after German auto giant Volkswagen admitted that the company had installed cheating software to easily pass the emission testing under lab conditions in about more than 11 million diesel vehicles throughout the world. That number included about 8.5 million vehicles in Europe and about 600,000 vehicles in the United States.
Daimler was ordered to pay an 870 million euro ($957 million) fine over hundreds of thousands of diesel vehicles that breached emissions rules by Stuttgart prosecutors and the company had said at the end of September that it would not contest that order.
Since it came out in the public more than four years ago, the so called ‘diesel gate’ scandal has significantly rocked the global auto industry. 
According to reports, some of the cars that were part of the scandal emitted up to 40 times more of the harmful gas nitrogen oxide, which has been directly held responsible for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases,  than permissible according to regulations.
In order to settle the probes, fines totaling 2.3 billion euros ($2.5 billion) have been paid by VW, Audi and Porsche in Germany. But investigations into officials at offending carmakers have continued.