Connect with us

Daimler Will Recall 3 Million Diesel Vehicles

(Credit: © Mercedes-Benz)

Fuel Efficiency

Daimler Will Recall 3 Million Diesel Vehicles

With a few different governments zeroing in on it, Daimler has decided to voluntarily recall 3 million diesel-powered vehicles. The plan is to fix the excessive (read: illegal) emissions levels.

Make no mistake, this is a humongous recall. It involves pretty much every light passenger vehicle made by Daimler. The effort is supposed to cost about $253 million. The thing is, Daimler probably took a look at Volkswagen’s Dieselgate settlements in the United States and decided this was the much cheaper route.

Speaking of Dieselgate, some investigators have claimed Daimler installed a software cheat device on its cars, kind of like VW. Of course, Daimler has vehemently denied the allegations, because admitting to that would be incredibly expensive.

The company is spinning this voluntary recall, with the famous “Dr. Z” (CEO of Daimler) saying the move will help boost consumer confidence in diesel technology. That’s a nice angle to take as a way to save face, especially after Daimler chided Volkswagen during the whole Dieselgate scandal, claiming such a thing could never happen in its ranks.

The takeaway here is if you have a diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter, or Smart, be prepared to take it to a dealer for a software fix.

Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.

Comments

More in Fuel Efficiency

Newsletter

Get Our StoriesIn Your Inbox

Subscribe for our latest news, reviews, and lists.

Popular Stories

Recent Posts

To Top