Recall Alert: Daimler Calls Back 150,000 Vehicles Over Fire Concern

Feb 17, 2015 09:30 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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German automaker Daimler Benz recalled 150,000 vehicles in Germany and China on Monday over some parts that could come loose and potentially start a fire.

A quality watchdog in China confirmed to Reuters that the fire risk was linked to a strip on the insulating panel inside the engine bag. The strip could start a fire when it comes into contact with other hot engine parts.

Vehicles affected by the recall include the CLS- and E-class vehicles built between 2012 and 2014, including nearly 127,000 vehicles in China and 22,000 in Germany.

Daimler is investigating whether or not there would be any further recalls in other countries like the U.S.

Dealerships in China and Germany are being told to replace the parts free of charged to the customer once they have been successfully recalled, according to Reuters.

The Stuttgart-based automaker is offering to secure the panels with four brackets, which would take engineers about 15 minutes to repair.

No accidents or injuries have been reported to the automaker yet as a result of the issue, but a risk to safety couldn't be excluded, the automaker said in a company statement.

China is the world's biggest auto market making it a key destination for foreign automakers like Daimler. 

Check back to find out if more vehicles or locations get added to the recall.

As we reported earlier this week, General Motors recalled 80,000 vehicles over concerns about its electric power steering systems, which is just the latest in a number of similar incidents in the global automotive industry the past couple of months.

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