With emission norms getting more and more stringent, Daimler has said that the company will recall a massive 3 million diesel cars across Europe to cut harmful emissions. Refuting any allegations about cheating emission norms, the company claims its service action provides customers with the option to have new software for cars running with OM 607 turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, which are used in Mercedes A-Class and B-Class models, to lower their output of nitrogen oxide.
The company said that updates to the new vehicles would involve no cost for customers. The implementation of the measures will be starting in the next weeks. Due to the large number of vehicles involved, the updates will last over a longer period of time.
The brand's diesel technology was called into question last week when German Transport Ministry officials met with Daimler representatives, including head of technology development Ola Kaellenius, to discuss accusations that it has used software to improve the results of its diesel models in emissions tests.
The auto giant also said that it would be rolling out its new four-cylinder OM 654 diesel engine – first launched in the new E-Class in 2016 – across its entire model portfolio which will be more efficient and cleaner than the current range.