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Mercedes-Benz recall 11V496000

Potential Diesel Fuel Leak

Affected Cars:

Make Model Year(s)
Mercedes-Benz GL350 BLUETEC 4MATIC 2011
ML350 2011
R350 BLUETEC 2011

Engine, September 30, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview

A Diesel fuel leak may develop from the area around the fuel heater component of the fuel filter.


Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of affected vehicles during November 2011. If you are experiencing a Diesel fuel leak, or you don't receive notification and feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.


The Diesel fuel filter may leak from the area around the heating component. Fuel may leak onto the roadway, increasing the risk of a crash. A fuel leak always increases the risk of a fire. Dealers will replace the Diesel fuel filter to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V496000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, DIESEL

Potential Number of Units Affected: 6872

Summary: MERCEDES-BENZ USA (MBUSA) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 VEHICLES INCLUDING E-CLASS (212 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 2010 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2011, R-CLASS (251 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 2010 THROUGH APRIL 2011, ML-CLASS (W164 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 2010 THROUGH MARCH 2011, GL-CLASS (X164 PLATFORM), MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 2010 THROUGH MARCH 2011, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 S-CLASS (221 PLATFORM) VEHICLES. THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER MAY LEAK FROM THE AREA AROUND THE HEATING COMPONENT.

Consequence: DIESEL FUEL MAY BE DEPOSITED ONTO THE HIGHWAY AND CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR A CRASH. FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy: MBUSA WILL CONTACT OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE THE DIESEL FUEL FILTER IF NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ USA 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 HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration