Germany orders Daimler to recall 238,000 diesel vehicles

BREMEN, GERMANY - JANUARY 24: The emblem of a Mercedes-Benz of C-Class car is pictured on the assembly line of Mercedes-Benz on January 24, 2017 in Bremen, Germany. Daimler AG, which owns Mercedes, is scheduled to present its financial results for 2016 on February 2. Many German automakers are concerned over recent comments by U.S. President Donald Trump over possible tariffs on cars produced outside of the USA. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

FRANKFURT, Germany — Germany’s transport minister says the government is ordering automaker Daimler to immediately recall 238,000 vehicles equipped with software that turns off emissions controls under certain conditions.

Minister Andreas Scheuer made the statement Monday after a meeting with Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Scheuer said that Daimler was willing to work “with cooperative transparency” with the government and “at maximum speed.”

The affected vehicles include the Mercedes-Benz Vito delivery van and the Mercedes GLC 220d and C220d.

Europe-wide some 774,000 vehicles are affected.

Diesels have been under heavy scrutiny since U.S. authorities caught Volkswagen using illegal engine control software that turned off diesel emission controls in everyday driving. Subsequent investigations showed that other automakers had exploited European regulatory loopholes to limit the conditions under which emission controls work.