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Recall 12V493000

Parking Lights Illuminate Excessively Bright

Recall Details

The voltage to the parking lamps may be too high, resulting in lights that are too brightly illuminated. Dealers will update the software calibration number of the electronic control unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The parking lamp circuit may have too high a voltage allotted to it, resulting in lights that are too bright. This can cause extra glare for other drivers.

What Should You Do?

Mercedes Benz notified owners of affected vehicles starting in September 2014. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Electrical & Lights, October 10, 2012

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
October 10, 2012
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
218
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
12V493000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (Mercedes Benz) is recalling certain model year 2013 GLK350 and GLK350 4-Matic vehicles, manufactured from May 31, 2012, through August 2, 2012, for failing to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The affected vehicles have voltage in the parking lamp circuit that exceeds the maximum value listed.
Consequence
The higher illumination level may cause glare to oncoming vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Mercedes Benz will notify owners, and dealers will update the software calibration number (SCN) of the subject electronic control unit. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
Notify
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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