Mercedes-Benz Recalls 253,000 C-Class Sedans in US

Apr 29, 2014 12:47 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for around 284,000 C-Class sedans sold in the U.S. and Canada due to electrical issues with the rear lights.

U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials say that problematic electrical connections in certain C300, C350 and C63 sedans built between 2008 and 2011 can cause the rear lights to fail, Reuters reported.

The recall includes 252,867 in the U.S., while the rest were sold in Canada. No accidents or injuries have been reported in connection with the recall.

The problematic signal lights can dim or fail, increasing the risk of a crash, because of corrosion on the connectors, The Associated Press reported.

A Daimler spokesman told Reuters that no other markets have been affected by the issue; however, a Mercedes representative said cars in other countries also had the problem but a number wasn't available, according to the AP report.

Replacement components aren't yet available, but owners should receive an interim notice in June by mail and then a second letter when the parts are ready in August or September. Dealerships will replace old bulb holders as well as corroded connectors, Reuters reported.

Owners should see a dashboard warning alert if their rear lights are affected by the issue.

The NHTSA launched a probe into the rear light issue last year. Daimler decided to go ahead with the recall in response to the NHTSA's request for more information in March.

Some 9 million vehicles have been recalled this year, according to the USA TODAY report. General Motors and Toyota have had the biggest recalls so far.

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