The German government ordered Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with unauthorised emissions defeat devices, a media report said.

According to bbc.co.uk, citing a transport ministry statement, of 774,000 diesel vehicles [worldwide] containing the devices Daimler said it would recall, versions of the Mercedes C-Class, Vito and GLC are the main models affected.

Daimler had said it would remove the software, according to the ministry, which added Daimler had also said it would cooperate with authorities.

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

It only has authority to force the recall of vehicles within Germany, the BBC noted.

Daimler refused to elaborate on where the other vehicles would be recalled.

Confirming the recall, Daimler said the legality of the software would still need to be clarified.