300K Mercedes Vehicles Recalled Due to Fire Hazard
March 6, 2017—Roughly 308,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles will soon be recalled because of a potential fire hazard.
CNN reported the problem has been linked to 35 car fires in the country. Mercedes said its parent company, Daimler AG, determined that there's an issue with an engine part that can cause an electrical fire. The recall will include certain C- and E-Class vehicles, as well as CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles.
"This situation typically occurs in the rare situation where a vehicle is stranded in a significant amount of standing water and the engine stalls and cannot be restarted on the first try," a Mercedes spokesperson told CNNMoney.
The company said it is currently unaware of any injuries or deaths resulting from the issue. The recall is voluntary, and Mercedes said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been notified.
The company expects to alert U.S. customers about the problem over the next 60 days. To fix a vehicle included in the recall, customers are typically instructed to bring it into a dealer. Mercedes said the fix for this issue will take about an hour to complete.