Why A Million Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Are Being Recalled
Mercedes-Benz announced that it would be recalling almost a million vehicles around the world after receiving reports of 51 vehicles catching on fire.
According to Reuters, the issue deals with a defective fuse. The 'current limiter' in the starter motor can melt due to overheating from repeated attempts to start the vehicle. This, in turn, could cause other parts to melt and possibly start a fire. Mercedes-Benz began an investigation last June after receiving reports of “thermally damaged” current limiters.
In the U.S., Mercedes-Benz says there are 307,629 vehicles involved in this recall. The company is also aware of 30 fires that were reported in the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz has come up with a fix that is being implemented on new vehicles rolling off the production line. Affected vehicles sitting on dealer lots "will not be sold until they can be outfitted with the additional fuse," said a Mercedes-Benz spokesman.
Owners of the affected models will be notified this month about the recall, and again in July when parts become available.
The list of affected models is below.
- 2015 - 2017 C 300 and C 300 4Matic
- 2017 C 300 4Matic Coupe and Cabrio
- 2017 C 300 Coupe and Cabrio
- 2016 C 350e
- 2016-2017 C 450 4Matic AMG Sport
- 2015-2017 CLA 250
- 2015-2017 CLA 250 4Matic
- 2015-2017 CLA 45 AMG
- 2017 E 300 and E 300 4Matic
- 2017 E 300 4Matic Wagon
- 2017 E 43 AMG 4Matic
- 2017 GLA 250 and GLA 250 4Matic
- 2016 GLC 300
- 2016-2017 GLC 300 4Matic
- 2017 GLC 300 4Matic Coupe