Mercedes-Benz USA LLC has recalled more than 354,000 vehicles in the U.S. after discovering that the starter current limiter can overheat and cause fires, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Daimler AG, the company’s owner, said worldwide it will be recalling a million vehicles, after 51 fires were reported, according to published reports. There have been no injuries or deaths, the reports state. Those cars include “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,” NHTSA said on Feb. 23. The government said there could be 354,434 vehicles recalled in the U.S., but reports said Daimler placed that number at 307,629.
The U.S. company was to make car owners aware of the recall in late March. Dealers to install an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter for free, NHTSA said. When parts become available to fix the problem, Mercedes-Benz will alert owners. That’s expected to happen around July. This isn’t the company’s first time dealing with possible overheating problems. The company is currently engaged in a potential class action over seat heaters that are allegedly prone to fail, spark or catch fire.
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