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Mercedes-Benz C300 Recall 12V557000

Potential Fuel Leak

Engine, December 3, 2012

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

A fuel leak can develop due to an error in the manufacturing process of the fuel filter. 

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning in January 2013. If you are experiencing any fuel odors or a visible fuel leak is found, please call your Mercedes dealer. You should also consider not driving your vehicle and having it towed to the nearest dealer.

Summary:

Due to a manufacturing defect, a crack can develop on the fuel filter when the vehicle is operated in high temperatures. This crack can result in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the fuel filter to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2011, 2012

Manufacturer's Report Date: December 3, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V557000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,800

Summary: Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 S400, S550, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350, GLK350 4Matic, CL550 4Matic, and CL63 AMG vehicles manufactured from April 18, 2011, through July 12, 2011. Due to an irregularity stemming from the molding process of the fuel filter flange, the fuel filter flange may crack when operated in high temperatures.

Consequence: If the fuel filter flange cracks, it will leak fuel which may lead to a fire if an external ignition source in present.

Remedy: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel filter, free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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