Daimler shares opened lower Tuesday after the long weekend, as the carmaker works to appeal a request from Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) to recall up to 6,000 Vito vans with the 1.6-litre diesel Euro 6 engine.
After receiving the request last week, reports state Daimler’s Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche has attended a meeting at the KBA to discuss the situation.
Daimler shares opened 1.20% lower at €63.45. The stock moved sharply lower as news of the recall emerged.
Daimler Vito recall
Last week, Daimler received an official notice from the KBA that it must recall certain models of its Vito vehicle due to regulatory irregularities with its emissions control system.
However, Daimler argues that the details of the engine function targeted by the KBA are essential to the Vito van’s complex emissions system and not in contradiction with any regulations.
“Those functions are part of a complex emission-control system that is intended to ensure robust exhaust-gas cleaning during varying driving conditions and over the vehicle’s lifetime. This specific programming of the engine control is not required for passing the relevant NEDC test cycle,” Daimler said.
“Daimler will object this administrative order by the KBA. If necessary, the company will arrange for the disputed interpretation of the law to be clarified in a court of law,” the German carmaker added.
Closed door meeting
Reports state Zetsche has attended a private meeting at the KBA to discuss the case.
Following that meeting, German Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer said Daimler has approximately two weeks to find a solution to the problem with the Vito van’s software that is the subject of the problem.
Scheuer said the two had “an in-depth exchange about highly complex technical questions”.
“At a further meeting in 14 days, concrete results will be on the table,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Zetsche told Reuters the meeting was positive: “It was a good discussion. We will see each other again in 14 days.”