Mercedes Benz Recall

Mercedes Benz has announced that they are recalling approximately 354,434 vehicles due to a problem with a current limiter that can be a fire hazard.  The situation is such that the vehicle starter can draw a high current as a result of engine or transmission damage.  If the starter is blocked for whatever reason, the current limiter can overheat as attempts are made to start the vehicle.  Subsequent melting of the current limiter and ignition can result.  The problem applies to certain vehicles manufactured between February of 2015 and February 2017. The affected vehicles include  CLA, GLA, C- CLASS, E – CLASS, and GLC vehicles.  For additional information owners can contact Mercedes Benz by calling 1-800367-6372.  In addition, owners can also visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website at and search for recall number 17V-114.  The repair encompasses the addition of a fused circuit to prevent any future occurrences.  At the present time, replacement parts are not available and won’t be available until July 2017 at the earliest.

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