Following an investigation by the local authorities, German automakers voluntarily agreed to recall 630,000 diesels to fix their emissions systems.
The German Federal Motor Transport Authority promptly started last year an investigation on all carmakers in the country after Volkswagen admitted it cheated on the emissions tests. The body recently announced it has concluded those probes and data gathered showed that only Europe’s biggest automaker used cheating devices. However, there were some emissions irregularities found on some models, but these were within legal limits. These irregularities seem to be found again on some of Volkswagen’s core brand cars, its Audi and Porsche divisions included, but also on Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit and General Motors’ Opel. Therefore, all these automakers agreed to voluntarily recall 630,000 Euro-5 and later Euro-6 diesels to update their emissions software, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt announced. The fix targets a device that turns off emissions controls at particular temperatures as a means to protect the engine.
Daimler said this issue affected around 247,000 cars. “The entry-level engines of our compact cars include one engine variant from Renault (OM 607) in the context of our cooperation with Renault. That engine from Renault is adapted to the requirements of our Mercedes-Benz compact models,” the automaker stated. Audi will recall 65,700 manual-transmission diesel cars, including some Q5, A6 and A8 models. Opel already announced earlier this year a voluntary recall of around 57,000 Euro 6 diesels that are already on the road in Europe (Zafira Tourer, Insignia and Cascada) to reduce their emissions levels.