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Mercedes Recalls Over 3 Million Diesels To Avoid VW-Style Scandal

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Nearly every modern Mercedes diesel is being recalled.

Just when you thought you had heard the last of diesel-related emissions scandals in the auto industry, Mercedes-Benz has announced it's issuing a voluntary recall for over three million diesel cars in Europe. In this case, however, the recall is designed to prevent another controversial emissions scandal on the scale of Volkswagen's infamous Dieselgate, which would of course incur a hefty financial penalty and bad publicity. Back in March, Mercedes started a recall campaign for 250,000 compact-class cars and V-Class people carriers with diesel engines.

Effectively, this campaign has now been expanded to nearly every modern Mercedes diesel on the road. Mercedes estimates the recall, due to start in the next few weeks, will cost the company around 220 million Euros, but the upgrade will of course be offered to customers free of charge with a software patch that optimizes its Euro 5 and Euro 6 diesels to reduce NOx emissions. No complex component fixes are being planned, as engineers are "making use of latest knowledge gained during the development of the new family of diesel engines. The public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty – especially for our customers," said Mercedes-Benz chief, Dieter Zetsche.

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"We have therefore decided on additional measures to reassure drivers of diesel cars and to strengthen confidence in diesel technology." "This is finally a proactive move to put something on the table and a solid attempt at getting out in front of the debate," Juergen Pieper, a Frankfurt-based analyst with Bankhaus Metzler, told Bloomberg. Mercedes is still facing investigations for emissions-cheating from German authorities, but denies any wrongdoing, and says it is "making a significant contribution to the reduction of nitrogen-oxide emissions from diesel vehicles in European inner cities."