Mercedes-Benz is recalling over 354,000 2015, 2016, and 2017 vehicle for risk of catching fire.
The defect is electrical and is found in the starting current limiter. The starting current limiter is designed to manage electrical currents, protecting other components from being damaged and preventing fuse overloads. If the limiter fails, it can cause overheating which could result in a fire.
NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V114000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 354,434
All Products Associated with this Recall
- 2015–2017 MERCEDES BENZ C300
- 2016 MERCEDES BENZ C 350E
- 2016–2017 MERCEDES BENZ C450
- 2015–2017 MERCEDES BENZ CLA 250
- 2015–2017 MERCEDES BENZ CLA 45 AMG
- 2017 MERCEDES BENZE 300
- 2017 MERCEDES BENZE 400
- 2017 MERCEDES BENZE 43 AMG
- 2017 MERCEDES BENZ GLA 250
- 2016–2017 MERCEDES BENZ GLC 300
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2015–2017 C300 4Matic, C300, CLA250, CLA250 4Matic and CLA45 AMG vehicles, 2017 C300 4Matic Cabrio, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, E300, E300 4Matic, E400 4Matic Wagon, E43 AMG 4Matic, GLA250, GLA250 4Matic and GLC300 4Matic Coupe vehicles and 2016 C350e and GLC300 vehicles and 2016–2017 C450 4Matic AMG Sport and GLC300 4Matic vehicles. In the event that the engine or transmission cannot turn over, the starting current limiter may overheat from the repeated attempts of the starter motor attempting to start the vehicle.
If the starting current limiter overheats, the surrounding components can melt, increasing the risk of a fire.
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter, free of charge. Parts to remedy the vehicles are not currently available. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning in late March 2017. Owners will be mailed a follow up notice when remedy parts are available, currently expected to be in July 2017. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1–800-367‑6372.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1–888-327‑4236 (TTY 1–800-424‑9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.