Mercedes-Benz Recalls 28,000 Vehicles for Risk of Fire
Norman Taylor & Associates
February 22, 2023
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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