German automaker Mercedes-Benz is set to recall over 147,000 station wagons and mid-sized cars due to fire risk.
Mercedes-Benz has just disclosed that the imminent recall of affected 147,224 CLS-class and E-class automobiles that were manufactured from 2013 up to 2015, in the United States.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall notice stated that the recall cover vehicles having a rubber lining at the engine bay’s rear, which may momentarily get jammed to the top when it is opened. The rubber seal may plunge into the engine when the hood is closed and this may pave the way for a fire.
Included in the list of models that are affected by the recall are the E400 Hybrid, E350, E63 AMG, CLS63 AMG and CLS550 variants that were manufactured from 2013 up to 2015. Moreover, the 2013 and 2014 models of E550 and the 2015 model of E400 (non-hybrid) and CLS400 are also due to be recalled. The E-class convertibles and coupes are not affected by the recall.
Mercedes-Benz USA has also informed its dealers to discontinue the sale of the affected models until the issue will be resolved.
The stop sale order read as, “Effective immediately, a stop sale is required for Model Year 2013-2015 E-Class and CLS vehicles… The affected vehicles that are in dealer inventory, or may be arriving at your dealerships from the VPCs, must be held, and not dealer traded, or used for loaner or demonstration purposes until further instructions are provided.”
Mercedes-Benz has also stated that it already informed dealers to notify car owners about the upcoming recall which will start on the middle of March. The dealers will repair four additional clips to keep the rubber seal from falling and will not pose fire risk. The dealers will resolve the problem without asking for an additional charge.
The automaker is no longer new to recalls since it had previously recalled around 149,000 vehicles in Europe and China with the same problems.
Mercedes-Benz is not the only car company that is baffled by recalls because of faulty components. Renowned car manufacturers like Land Rover and Jaguar had recalled cars over defective light and brakes problems. Last month, Nissan had also recalled 768,000 vehicles all over the world due to defective hoods that may give rise to fire.