Germany Recalls 630,000 Diesels from Audi, Mercedes, Opel, Porsche, and VW

By Paul Riegler on 22 April 2016
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German automakers including Mercedes are recalling 630,000 diesels

German automakers including Mercedes are recalling 630,000 diesels

German authorities called on Friday for the recall of approximately 630,000 diesel-powered vehicles in order to update their emissions control systems.

The recall, which affects Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, and Volkswagen, calls for the engine control software to be updated because the affected vehicles’ systems would suppress emissions controls at low temperatures. While European laws allow this so-called thermal window to protect the engine from damage, tests revealed that the software would turn off emissions controls at higher temperatures as well, according to German transport minister Alexander Dobrindt.

The practice, according to Dobrindt, wasn’t “illegal,” but it wasn’t always necessary, he said.

In the wake of Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, German regulators had tested multiple German and foreign-made cars including those from Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, and Nissan, to determine whether there had been more widespread cheating.

“No vehicle was identified that used the same defeat device software as Volkswagen,” Dobrindt said.

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