By Ludwig Burger
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German carmaker Daimler <DAIGn.DE> is recalling hundreds of thousands of Mercedes-Benz vehicles including Sprinter van models over diesel emissions issues.
Daimler said late on Friday that Germany’s road traffic regulator KBA has concluded hearings over certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles with so-called OM651 diesel engines meeting Euro 5 emission standards and has ordered Daimler to carry out recalls.
Weekly Bild am Sonntag on Sunday reported a recall of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles was imminent after KBA warned the luxury carmaker that the transporter vans may contain illegal engine management software.
“Mercedes-Benz customers will be notified in writing over further actions if their vehicle is subject to the recall and a software update can be installed,” the company said.
Daimler said a “medium six figure” number of vehicles would be affected by the recall, including 260,000 Sprinter vans from a previous generation of vehicles that went out of production in 2016, and that it was fully cooperating with the regulator.
KBA proceedings with regard to engine control functionality were far advanced but not yet concluded, it said. More orders from the regulator could therefore not be ruled out.
Earnings would not be further affected by the KBA proceedings, it added.
In June, Daimler issued a profit warning and announced an increase of legal provisions by a high three-digit million euros amount, to cover various ongoing governmental proceedings and measures relating to diesel vehicles.
(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Sandra Maler and Daniel Wallis)