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Mercedes-Benz E500 Recall 03V289000

Steering Ability May Be Diminshed

Recall Details

The nut on the bolt that connects the steering gear to the steering coupling my not be tightened to specification. If the nut were to loosen, the connection may slip over time, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and tighten the coupling nut as required. The Mercedes-Benz recall number is 2003-08003.

Our Quick Take

The steering coupling may become loose over time, resulting in diminishing steering ability.

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning August 21, 2003. If you are experiencing looseness in the steering, or 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) when you call.

Suspension & Steering, August 21, 2003

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
August 21, 2003
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
554
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
03V289000
Component
STEERING

Summary
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, THE NUT ON THE BOLT WHICH CONNECTS THE STEERING GEAR TO THE STEERING COUPLING MAY NOT BE TIGHTENED CORRECTLY.
Consequence
THE LOOSENING OF THE NUT COULD RESULT IN A SLIPPING OF THE CONNECTION OVER TIME, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE VEHICLES AND TIGHTEN THE NUT ON THE BOLT IF NECESSARY. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 21, 2003. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.
Notes
MERCEDES-BENZ RECALL NO. 2003-08003.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION¿S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
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