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Daimler announces emissions recall of 3 mln diesel cars in Europe

DAIMLER ANNOUNCES EMISSIONS RECALL OF 3 MLN DIESEL CARS IN EUROPE

Over three million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe have been recalled by Daimler due to alleged emissions cheating.

German luxury car maker Daimler, which is being investigated for alleged emissions cheating, announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of over three million Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles in Europe.

It said it had already launched a voluntary service action for some models and that "in order to effectively improve the emissions of additional model series, Daimler has now decided to extend the service action to include over three million Mercedes-Benz vehicles".

The Stuttgart-based company, which makes Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, says it is taking the step to reassure drivers and strengthen confidence in diesel technology.

Diesels have been under a cloud since Daimler's competitor Volkswagen admitted equipping vehicles with illegal software that meant they passed emissions tests, but then exceeded limits in everyday driving.

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Tuesday that "the public debate about diesel engines is creating uncertainty — especially for our customers."

The recall will cover nearly all vehicles made under the EU5 and EU6 emissions standards and start in the next few weeks. The company said it would cost 220 million euros ($254.21 million), but that customers wouldn't pay anything.

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