Mercedes-Benz GL350 BLUETEC 4MATIC Recall 13V166000

Seat Belt Anchoring Bolts Loose

Body, Interior & Misc., April 29, 2013

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Our Quick Take:

The anchor bolts for the second row seating seat belts may not have been tightened properly.

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz will notifying owners of affected GL models during May 2013. If you are not notified and feel you should have been, please contact your local dealer. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.


Seat belts are secured to the vehicle body at various points using special anchor bolts. These 2013 GL models are being recalled because the anchor bolts for the second row seat belts may not have been tightened correctly during vehicle assembly. If these bolts are loose, a belted occupant my not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will inspect the affect bolts and tighten them as necessary.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2013

Manufacturer's Report Date: April 29, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V166000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SEAT BELTS

Potential Number of Units Affected: 272

Summary: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Mercedes) is recalling certain model year 2013 GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 4MATIC, GL550 4MATIC, and GL63 AMG vehicles manufactured May 15, 2012 through October 4, 2012. The second row seat belt anchor fitting bolts may not be properly torqued.

Consequence: If the bolts are not properly torqued, the seat belt anchor bolts may continue to loosen and in the the event of a crash, the belted occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury.

Remedy: Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealers will check, and tighten the bolts of the seat belt anchor fittings, as necessary, free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin in May 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Notes: 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.

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