Germany not ruling out further car recalls: transport minister in paper


BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is not ruling out further recalls of cars as it continues to check the car industry for illegal software, transport minister Andreas Scheuer told a German daily.

FILE PHOTO: Andreas Scheuer of the Christian Social Union (CSU) arrives for coalition talks about forming a new coalition government at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/File Photo

“We will continue to review the situation. It’s an ongoing monitoring of the market,” he was quoted as saying by Handelsblatt.

The German Transport ministry last month said 774,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Europe had been found to contain unauthorized software defeat devices, ordering Daimler to recall more than 200,000 cars in Germany.

Scheuer said the ministry was also monitoring cars from manufacturers outside of Germany, without specifying the brands, but could not take any action itself.

“We are checking vehicles of other manufacturers and seeing that their test values sometimes go through the roof. But we can’t do anything because they get the approvals in their own country. That annoys me,” he said.

Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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