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Daimler Could Face New Diesel Emission Recalls

Daimler AG reportedly is being investigated for using suspicious emission control software in its smallest diesel-powered Mercedes cars.
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Daimler AG is being investigated for using suspicious emission control software in its smallest diesel models, according to Der Spiegel, which cites no sources.

The weekly news magazine says KBA, Germany’s federal transport ministry, is analyzing the software that controls small diesels supplied by Renault SA. The engines were used to power Mercedes-Benz A and B class minicars.

Renault tells Der Spiegel that the engines were not rigged to evade emission laws, as KBA suspects. But the company also insists that Mercedes, not Renault, programmed the engine control software.

In September, Germany fined Daimler €870 million ($964 million) for using illegal software in 674,000 diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz cars, vans and SUVs produced over the past 11 years.

Daimler, which denies any wrongdoing, has not commented on the new report. But the company previously cautioned investors that it could face additional fines for using illegal software.

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