Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be recalling over one million of its newer-model vehicles due to a fire risk. Over 51 fires related to this recall have already been reported.
Mercedes-Benz to recall one million new-model vehicles due to fire risk. The German luxury car manufacturer has stated that none out of the 51 reported fires have resulted to either death or injury. 30 out of the 51 fires were reported to have happened in the United States. The company has stated that the recall will begin in the US this coming July when needed parts arrive.
The recall is due to potentially faulty starter components. Cars affected are vehicles manufactured from 2015 to 2017. The one million vehicles for recall include certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars as well as GLA and GLC SUVs.
The issue involves the starting current limiter overloading under certain conditions. Such conditions include a driver repeatedly starting their car when the engine has seized up. Of the one million vehicles for recall, 307,629 units are in the United States with 75,000 in the United Kingdom.
A fix for the issue has already been implemented in production while affected vehicles that are part of the luxury car manufacturer's inventory will be fixed first before being sold. A Mercedes spokesman stated, "Any affected vehicles in inventory will not be sold until they can be outfitted with the additional fuse." Of vehicles affected in the United Kingdom, a different spokesman said, "There are potentially 75,000 cars in the UK which will be affected by the recall. This is a recall which is yet to be issued."
Owners of affected vehicles in the United States will be contacted starting in March. The company, however, has not announced when owners of affected vehicles outside of the United States will be notified.