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Recall 15V137000

Tail Lights Do Not Light On The Sides

Recall Details

The tail lights may not light up on the sides, which can make it difficult to see the vehicle. This fails to comply with federal safety standards. Dealer will update the lighting controller software free of charge to correct the problem.

Our Quick Take

The tail lights may not light up on the sides, which fails to comply with federal safety standards. It may be difficult for other drivers to see the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of affected vehicles (a notification timeline has not been released as of the time of this writing). You can also contact the dealer to see if your vehicle is affected. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Electrical & Lights, March 10, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 10, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
30,141
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V137000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2015 CLS 400 and CLS 400 4matic, 2012-2015 CLS 550 and CLS 550 4matic, 2012-2013 CLS 63, 2014 CLS 63, and 2014-2015 CLS 63P. The affected vehicles have LED tail lights that may not light on the sides, reducing the rear side visibility of the vehicle. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment."
Consequence
Reduced rear side marker illumination may prevent other drivers from seeing the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will update the lighting controller software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2015030005.
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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