Up to 75,000 units of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class, CLA, GLA and GLC will be called in the uk due to a potential fire risk.
The affected models, all of them built between 2015 and 2017, form part of a larger recall that affects more than a million cars around the world.
In documents submitted to the government of the united states, it was revealed that repeated attempts to start a car that does not turn could cause a current limiter in the motor starter to overheat and melt in other parts. According to the documents, the Mercedes began investigating the issue last June following reports of ‘thermally broken” fault current limiters.
A total of 51 fires have been reported all over the world, with 30 in the united States alone. Mercedes says that there have been no reports of injuries.
Mercedes owners will be notified at the end of this month if your vehicle is affected, from time to time the replacement parts are available, which is anticipated to be July. Distributors take about an hour to rectify the problem, and will install another fuse to prevent fires. All the work will be free of charge.
A Mercedes spokesman said that the company “could not comment” on whether the uk owners had been affected by the problem, but said that up to “75,000 cars in the uk” would be affected.
In a statement, Daimler AG, said that in the car, “the principle limiter of current could overload during unique conditions during the start-up procedure.” The statement confirmed that when the motor is damaged and can’t bend, “a very high electrical current can flow through the starting current limiter causing it to overheat”.