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Mercedes-Benz CLS550 Recall 12V533000

The Hood May Open Unexpectedly While Driving

Recall Details

The bolts securing the secondary hood latch may not have been properly tightened during vehicle assembly on 23 vehicles. The could result in the secondary hood latch becoming ineffective. If the hood were not properly secured by the primary latch and the the secondary latch was not functioning, the hood could open while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will check and retighten the bolts on the secondary latch as necessary to correct this concern.

Our Quick Take

23 CLS550's are being recalled because the bolts securing the secondary hood latch may have not been tightened properly during vehicle assembly. 

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of the affected vehicles beginning December, 2012. There are no symptoms related to this recall. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Body, Interior & Misc., November 6, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
November 6, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
23
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V533000
Component
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH

Summary
Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2012 CLS550 and CLS550 4Matic vehicles, manufactured December 01, 2011, through December 13, 2011. The bolts that hold the hood's secondary latch striker may have been insufficiently tightened.
Consequence
The reduced torque of the striker bolts might lead to a loosening of the bolts. If two of the four bolts securing the striker became loose, the secondary hood latch function would become ineffective. If this problem combines with a failure of the primary hood lock or if the hood is not properly closed, the hood could open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Remedy
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will check and retighten the bolts as necessary. The recall campaign is expected to begin in December 2012. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
Notes
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.
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