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German ministry says 774,000 Mercedes cars contain unauthorised software

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(Reuters) - Germany's Ministry said on Monday that 774,000 in had been found to contain and ordered to recall more than 200,000 in

C-Class and Vito models with diesel engines and a sports utility variant of the sedan, known as the GLC, were the main found to be at fault, the ministry said.

"The government will order 238,000 to be immediately recalled Germany-wide because of unauthorised defeat devices," the ministry said in a statement.

can only order the recall of within its own borders, or of those vehicles issued with a pan-European road-worthiness certification via German authorities.

has pledged to work on removing the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said.

Daimler said on Monday that the carmaker had found a technical solution for updating the software on its vehicles, and he therefore expected the company would avoid a fine.

In a separate statement, Daimler confirmed the recall and said the question over the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.

predicted the costs for the required software update for Daimler would be less than 100 million euros ($118 million).

"We don't see any evidence that Daimler was designing software to deliberately cheat on emission testing," he said. "Overall, this outcome should de-risk the stock."

($1 = 0.8484 euros)

(Reporting by Markus Wacket; Additional reporting by Andreas Cremer; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 22:42 IST