Mercedes-Benz (MBGn.DE) is facing the potential for a new round of recalls as the German transport authority, KBA, has declared certain defeat devices installed in its vehicles as inadmissible.
This revelation comes to light through a leaked letter from a whistleblower to the environmental NGO, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH).
In a letter made public on DUH’s website, the KBA identified three devices that were present in cars manufactured under the Euro 6 standard, which sets the strictest limits for harmful tailpipe emissions from both petrol and diesel-powered vehicles.
According to KBA, Mercedes-Benz is now obligated to take corrective actions, or else it may be compelled to withdraw these vehicles from the road.
This requirement is based on a ruling by the European Court of Justice, which deemed such devices illegal, especially in specific driving conditions.
As of now, the KBA has not provided an immediate comment on the situation.
In response to these developments, Mercedes-Benz issued a statement expressing its full cooperation with the KBA.
The company stated that it believes it has already developed the necessary technology to address the issue through software updates.
Notably, Mercedes-Benz had been granted an extension beyond the initially requested deadline of July 27th to assess the extent of the problem and take corrective actions.
However, the company did not specify the new deadline.
Mercedes-Benz further asserted, “We currently assume that software updates for vehicles that may be affected by a final decision on the functionalities … have already been developed and are available in the field.”
In essence, the automaker appears committed to resolving the issue swiftly through software updates, thus averting potential recalls.
However, the situation remains contingent on the final decision and cooperation with the regulatory authorities.
The revelation of inadmissible defeat devices in Mercedes-Benz vehicles underscores the ongoing scrutiny of emissions-related practices in the automotive industry and highlights the importance of adhering to stringent emissions regulations to protect both the environment and public health.