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Mercedes-Benz Recalls 28,000 Vehicles for Risk of Fire

  Norman Taylor & Associates
  February 22, 2023
Interior of 2021 Mercedes Benz E-Class, affected by the latest recall.

Mercedes-Benz recalled almost 28,000 vehicles in January 2023 for risk of fire. The German automaker stated that a wiring defect could short-circuit the electrical system, leading to increased fire risk if the ignition is turned off for long periods. 

Here’s what you should know:

  • The problem: The defect allows water from external sources to enter the electrical components of the car’s wiring harness. This causes a short circuit that can easily ignite. 
  • Vehicles affected: The recall affects various models, including the C-Class, E-Class, and GLC (see complete list below). 
  • The solution: Dealers will check the electrical connectors of qualifying vehicles and repair them free of charge. They may also install an additional bracket to reduce harness tension.

According to Mercedes-Benz, numerous claims tie back to this issue, some of which allegedly led to “thermal events.” The automaker began notifying owners by mail in September 2022.

Mercedes-Benz advises affected vehicle owners to be vigilant and monitor their cars for any signs of electrical issues. Here’s everything you need to know.

Mercedes-Benz Vehicles Affected by the Recall

Vehicles affected by the January 2023 recall include:

  • 2019-2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS53
  • 2019-2023 Mercedes-Benz E53 Cabriolet 
  • 2019-2023 Mercedes-Benz E53
  • 2019-2023 Mercedes-Benz E53 Coupe 
  • 2019-2023 Mercedes-Benz GT53
  • 2021-2023 Mercedes-Benz GT43
  • 2019-2023 Mercedes-Benz CLS450
  • 2021-2023 Mercedes-Benz E450 Cabriolet 
  • 2021-2023 Mercedes-Benz E450 Wagon 
  • 2021-2023 Mercedes-Benz E450 Coupe 
  • 2021-2023 Mercedes-Benz E450

You can enter your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) on the official Mercedes-Benz recall page to see if yours is affected.

Why Were Mercedes-Benz Cars Recalled?

Electrical issues can threaten vehicle owners of the cars listed above. A car catching fire could leave occupants and bystanders with severe injuries or death.

Several Mercedes-Benz models have a misrouted wiring harness that allows water to come into contact with an electrical connector. If this happens, the cables could corrode, short-circuit, and cause a fire.

This recall is part of the automaker’s commitment to ensuring the safety of its customers. Mercedes-Benz has stated that they are working closely with regulators to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Signs Your Mercedes-Benz Has a Misrouted Wiring Harness

According to Mercedes-Benz, affected vehicle owners first noticed their car’s yellow “battery” warning light was on. Others reported a 4Matic Malfunction warning message displayed on the digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.

How is Mercedes-Benz Fixing This Electrical Issue?

Mercedes-Benz urges owners to bring their vehicles to its dealership for a free inspection and the following repairs:

  • Inspect the wiring harness for signs of corrosion 
  • Replace or reroute the harness if necessary 
  • Install an additional bracket to reduce harness tension

What Should You Do If Your Mercedes Was Recalled?

Owners can call Mercedes-Benz USA customer service at 800-367-6372 or visit their website for more information about the recall.

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