Defective Charging Cable Initiates Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Recall
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Defective Charging Cable Initiates Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Recall

December 22, 2015

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling a hybrid vehicle with a faulty charger.

The automaker's announcement applies to certain model year 2015 S550 Hybrid vehicles. The affected models are equipped with a high voltage onboard charger that may not have been built to specification. As a result, the charging function for an external charging cable might not be performing and the onboard charger may incorrectly detect a charging cable, even while the vehicle is being driven.

If the charging cable is incorrectly detected and the vehicle is stopped or moving at a very slow speed, the vehicle may unexpectedly shift to park, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mercedes-Benz is including more than 50 vehicles in this recall.

The manufacturer will notify owners, and dealers will replace the onboard charger, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early January 2016.

Owners with questions about this recall can contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at (800) 367-6372.