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Recall 15V087000

Headlights Aimed Improperly

Recall Details

Adjustment mechanisms for the headlights may be exposed and not secured, resulting in inadvertent adjustment of the light aiming. Dealers will replace the horizontal adjustment mechanisms on the headlamps with sealing caps on the affected models free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The headlights may be accidentally aimed improperly because adjustment mechanisms are inadvertently exposed and able to be changed when they should not be. This could cause the lights to distract other drivers, or cause a lack of visibility, both resulting in risk of an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Mercedes Benz vehicle must be performed by a Mercedes Benz dealership. Mercedes Benz will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in May, 2016. If you do receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Mercedes Benz dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Electrical & Lights, February 11, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 11, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
9,137
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V087000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2015 C300 and C400 vehicles manufactured from June 18, 2014, through September 5, 2014, that fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The affected vehicles were assembled with horizontal adjustment mechanisms that allow the owner to change the horizontal adjustment used during the manufacturing process, instead of the proper sealing caps.
Consequence
If the original horizontal adjustment is used to alter the low beam aim, the misaimed headlamp may not properly illuminated the road or cause increased glare to oncoming drivers, which increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the horizontal adjustment mechanisms on the headlamps with sealing caps on the affected vehicles. The recall began May 23, 2016. Owners may contact Mercedes 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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