Daimler Allegedly Used 5 Defeat Devices In Diesel Cars

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Monday that the carmaker had found a technical solution for updating the software on its vehicles, and he therefore expected the company would avoid a fine.

KBA assumes the devices were meant to help a broad majority of Daimler's new diesel cars pass recently introduced Euro 6 emissions standards.

Daimler, like other vehicle manufacturers, uses urea nitrate liquids to naturalize nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes.


A Daimler spokesperson told German language newspaper Bild am Sonntag, who first reported the story, that the automaker was "cooperating to a full extent and transparently with the KBA and the federal transport ministry".

German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer summoned Zetsche after the country's KBA Motor Vehicle Authority discovered "inadmissible defeat devices" in Mercedes-Benz engines, even as Daimler disputes they were illegal. Daimler, like other auto manufacturers, uses urea nitrate liquids to neutralise nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes, but the KBA is taking issue with the emission control features amid suspicions that they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection, although Daimler insistes the software is legal. However, Germany's road vehicle authority, the KBA, has taken issue with the emission control features amid suspicion they allow vehicles to emit excess pollution without detection.

Germany's road vehicle authority KBA has found five "illegal switch-off devices" in Daimler auto engines, newspaper Bild am Sonntag (BamS) reported on Sunday.

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