Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is set to launch a massive recall in China next month involving some 2.6m vehicles because of a location software design flaw, according to local reports citing the State Administration for Market Regulation, the country's main quality watchdog.

The automaker is scheduled to begin the recall on 12 April, affecting 17 vehicle models manufactured between January 2016 and November 2020.

The government department said the software problems can cause the vehicles to report inaccurate locations in the event of crash. Mercedes-Benz confirmed it would provide a software upgrade to eliminate the risk free of charge.

Earlier this month, Honda's two Chinese joint ventures, GAC Honda and Dongfeng Honda, began recalling 1.09m vehicles, including Acura, Civic and Jade models, due to defective fuel pumps.

Last month, Tesla recalled 36,126 imported Model S and Model X vehicles in China due to defective touchscreens, after several rounds of recalls in 2020.