Today, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported that KBA, the motor vehicle authority of Germany, is investigating Daimler on suspicion that approximately 60,000 Mercedes cars were fitted with software that are aimed at tricking emissions tests.
A spokesperson for Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, said that the carmaker was already reviewing the facts and is fully cooperating with the KBA.
Bild am Sonntag said that the KBA was looking into some suspicious software in the Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI cars that were produced between the period of 2012 and 2015 after the tests revealed that they only meet emissions limits when a certain function is activated.
Since Volkswagen, its rival, admitted way back in 2015 to cheating the emissions tests of the United States, the said scandal has spread to other carmakers. Daimler has directed the recall of approximately 3 million vehicles in an effort to fix excess emissions that are coming from their diesel engines.
Bild am Sonntag said that the KBA discovered that the function that it had discovered had been removed during the software updates that were carried out by Daimler.
The spokesperson for Daimler said that the company had already complied with a process that was agreed upon with the KBA and the Transport Ministry of Germany when it comes to updating software for the approximately 3 million recalled vehicles.
He stated: “The allegation that we wanted to hide something with the voluntary service measure is incorrect.”
This month, the antitrust regulators of European Union charged Daimler, Volkswagen, and BMW with conspiring to hinder the rollout of emissions-cleaning technology.