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Mercedes-Benz recall 08V303000

Incorrect Software Calibration May Cause Fuel Pump to Remain Powered in a Collision

Affected Cars:

Make Model Year(s)
Mercedes-Benz C230 2005, 2006, 2007
C240 2005
C280 2006
C320 2005
C350 2006, 2007
C55 AMG 2005, 2006
CL500 2004
CL55 AMG 2004
CL600 2004
CLK320 2003, 2004
CLK350 2006, 2007
CLK430 2003
CLK500 2003, 2004, 2006
CLK55 AMG 2003, 2004, 2006
CLK550 2007
CLK63 AMG 2007
E320 2003, 2004, 2005
E350 2006, 2007
E500 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
E55 AMG 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
G500 2003
G55 AMG 2003
ML350 2006, 2007
ML500 2006, 2007
ML63 AMG 2007
R350 2006, 2007
R500 2006, 2007
R63 AMG 2007
S430 2004
S500 2004
S55 AMG 2004
S550 2007
S600 2004, 2007
S65 AMG 2007
SL500 2003, 2004, 2006
SL55 AMG 2003, 2004, 2006
SL600 2004, 2006
SL65 AMG 2006
SLK280 2006
SLK350 2005, 2007
SLK55 AMG 2005, 2006

Electrical & Lights, August 1, 2008

RepairPal Expert Overview

There are several computers in the vehicle and each computer requires proper software to operate the each vehicle system. One particular software calibration on this vehicle was erroneous from the factory and could keep the fuel system powered after an accident. This can cause fuel to continue to flow even after an accident.


Please contact your Mercedes-Benz dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.


There is a faulty software calibration that affects several areas including shutting off the fuel supply in a collision. This could cause a fire hazard during an accident. Dealers will reprogram this software. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2008 070001. This recall began during August, 2008.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V303000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 404

Summary: MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING MY 2006-2008 M-CLASS, R-CLASS, MY 2005-2009 SLK-CLASS, MY 2005-2008 C-CLASS, MY 2003-2004 AND 2006-2008 CLK-CLASS, MY 2003-2008 E-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2008 CL-CLASS, MY 2008 CLS-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2007-2008 S-CLASS, MY 2003 G-CLASS, AND MY 2003-2004, 2006 AND 2009 SL-CLASS VEHICLES. A SOFTWARE CALIBRATION NUMBER (SCN) CODING RECEIVED ON THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DURING A RECENT WORKSHOP VISIT WAS INCORRECT. DEPENDING ON THE MODEL YEAR AND MODEL AFFECTED, THE RESULTS OF AN INCORRECT SCN CODING CAN AFFECT A NUMBER OF VEHICLE SAFETY AND EMISSION FUNCTIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF FUNCTIONS: (1) THE FUEL GAUGE READINGS MAY BE INCORRECT; (2) A STUCK FUEL-LEVEL SENSOR MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER; (3) THE OBD SYSTEM MAY CAUSE THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE INCORRECTLY; AND, (4) THE SPEEDOMETER MAY BE OUT OF TOLERANCE.

Consequence: IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE ELECTRICAL FUEL PUMP MAY NOT RECEIVE A CRASH SIGNAL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE FUEL PUMP TO DISCONNECT AND PREVENT FUTURE FUEL DELIVERY AS DESIGNED.

Remedy: DEALERS WILL RECODE THE SCN FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.

Notes: MERCEDES-BENZ RECALL NO. 2008 070001.CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration