Daimler begins software updates for diesel vehicles

Daimler begins software updates for diesel vehicles

According to the company, new programs for several hundred thousand mercedes vehicles in europe have now been approved by the authorities, so that customers can have them installed in the workshop.

For about 700.000 daimler diesels the federal motor vehicle authority (kba) had ordered a recall because of an illegal defeat device in the exhaust gas purification system. According to the company, this only includes some of the cars that are now to be the first to receive the new software. The others are part of a voluntary action.

Daimler had initially made improvements to almost 300 vehicles.000 diesels in europe announced to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions via software update. In the meantime, a rough part of this has been dealt with. The number was then increased to around 3 million in the summer of 2017 – shortly before the "diesel summit". However, no software update had yet been approved for the additional 2.7 million cars.

In total, several hundred software variants had been developed and the corresponding applications submitted to the KBA, it was said. According to daimler, certain variants of the GLC SUV, the vito van and the V-class can now go into the workshop for the time being. Affected customers were informed and asked to contact their repair shop. They will also be able to check online whether their vehicle is affected.

Daimler says it is cooperating with the authorities – but is defending itself against the accusation that the offending functions in the engine control system are illegal, and is appealing the KBA notices.

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