Mercedes-Benz recall covers a million cars following fires

04 March, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Mercedes-Benz recalls 354,000 late-model cars for fire risk   More than two dozen fires were reported in the US alone.          
    Daimler AG

The recall comes after 51 fires were reported, 30 of which were in the USA, starting last June, according to the recall report.

The recall affects certain C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs that were made from 2015 to 2017.

It is thought that if the engine and transmission will not turn over for some reason, a current limiter in the starter motor can overheat from repeated attempts to start the vehicles.

Daimler is recalling one million recently-built Mercedes-Benz vehicles for a fire risk following 51 reported incidents with its cars, Reuters reports.

Mercedes began investigating the problem in June 2016 after getting field reports of "thermally damaged" current limiters.

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The recall is tied to a particular fuse which is potentially faulty in these recalled vehicles. The models have a defective "current limiter", or fuse, according to the carmaker's USA regulatory disclosure. The company has no reports of any injuries.

Unfortunately, those in the US will unlikely be able to get their hands on a new X-Class right away. It isn't clear exactly when dealerships will start accepting vehicles for fix, though it sounds like it may kick off in July when the parts are supposed to be available.

"Any affected vehicles in inventory will not be sold until they can be outfitted with the additional fuse", said a Mercedes-Benz spokesman. The U.S., however, saw the most of the reported fires, with 30 of the 51 occurring in the country.

The U.S.is among the three biggest markets for Mercedes-Benz, the others being China and Germany.

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