Mercedes-Benz Issues Recall for More Than 350,000 Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

The starting current limiter on the affected vehicles may overheat from repeated attempts to start the vehicle, which could lead to fire

Mercedes-Benz Issues Recall for More Than 350,000 Vehicles Due to Fire Risk
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March 6, 2017

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling an estimated 354,434 vehicles at risk of catching fire.

In the event that the engine or transmission on the affected vehicles cannot turn over, the starting current limiter may overheat from the repeated attempts of the starter motor to start the vehicle.

If the starting current limiter overheats, the surrounding components can melt, increasing the risk of a fire.

The following Mercedes-Benz vehicles are included in this recall: model year 2015-2017 C300 4Matic, C300, CLA250, CLA250 4Matic, and CLA45 AMG vehicles; model year 2017 C300 4Matic Cabrio, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, E300, E300 4Matic, E400 4Matic Wagon, E43 AMG 4Matic, GLA250, GLA250 4Matic, and GLC300 4Matic Coupe vehicles; model year 2016 C350e and GLC300 vehicles; and model year 2016-2017 C450 4Matic AMG Sport and GLC300 4Matic vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz USA will notify owners of the recalled vehicles, and local dealers will install an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter. All repairs related to this recall will be completed free of charge to vehicle owners.

Mercedes says that the necessary parts to repair the recalled vehicles are not currently available. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning in late March 2017. Owners will be mailed a follow up notice when remedy parts are available, currently expected to be in July 2017.

Vehicle owners with further questions about this recall can contact Mercedes customer service at (800) 367-6372.