A total of 147,224 Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been recalled due to the discovery of a fire risk.
The Mercedes-Benz vehicles included in this massive recall are as follows: 2013-’15 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic sedan; E350 4Matic wagon; E400 Hybrid sedan; CLS550 CGI and CLS550 4Matic sedan; 2013-’14 E550 4Matic sedan; 2013 E63 AMG sedan, E63 AMG wagon and CLS63 AMG; 2014-’15 CLS63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic S sedan and E63 AMG 4Matic wagon; 2015 CLS400; 2015 E400 sedan, E400 4Matic sedan, CLS400 4Matic and 2014 CLS63 S.
The popular 2013-’15 E-Class and CLS-Class vehicles have also been recalled and no sales of the vehicles can be done at this time.
“The affected vehicles have a rubber seal at the back of the engine bay that may temporarily stick to the hood when it is opened and then may fall into the engine bay when the hood is closed,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said about the issue. “If the rubber seal falls into the engine compartment, it may contact parts of the exhaust system, increasing the risk of a fire.”
Fortunately for those affected by the recall, Mercedes-Benz says in its statement that the vehicle owners may drive their recalled cars as usual until the repair has been completed. The automaker also said that the repair typically takes less than 10 minutes to perform.
NHTSA was told by Mercedes parent company Daimler that it “became aware of individual instances of E-Class and CLS-Class vehicles that showed various degrees of damage, consistent with possible fire in the engine compartment area.”
In order to remedy the problem, the Mercedes-Benz dealer will attach four more retaining clips to the rubber, ensuring that it does not fall into the engine bay.
For more information on this recall, owners may contact Mercedes-Benz USA’s customer service at 201-573-5339.