BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Transport Ministry said on Monday that 774,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe had been found to contain unauthorised software defeat devices and ordered Daimler to recall more than 200,000 cars in Germany.
Daimler has pledged to work on removing the software and to cooperate with authorities, the ministry said.
Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche 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.
"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."
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(Reporting by Markus Wacket; Additional reporting by Andreas Cremer; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Susan Fenton)
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