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Recall 16V900000

Rear Axle Bolts Fracture

Recall Details

The front and rear axle bolts may not be assembled correctly to the axle carriers. Dealers will replace the axle carrier bolts free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The bolts that secure the axles to the front and rear drive axle carriers may not be assembled properly. This would allow the axles to become unstable and vehicle handling would become compromised, increasing the risk of an accident.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Mercedes Benz vehicle must be performed by a Mercedes Benz dealership. Mercedes Benz will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in February 2017. If you do not 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 incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Drive Train, December 14, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
December 14, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
48
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V900000
Component
POWER TRAIN

Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2015 GL350 4Matic Blutec, GL450 4Matic, GL550 4Matic, ML250 Blutec, ML350, ML350 4Matic, ML400 4Matic and 2015-2016 GL63 AMG 4Matic vehicles manufactured September 29, 2014 through March 27, 2015. The affected vehicles have axle bolts on the front and/or rear drive axle carriers that may not have been assembled correctly. As a result, the remaining bolts may fracture.
Consequence
If any of the remaining front or rear axle bolts fracture, the vehicle may be unstable, reducing the handling capability and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the axle carrier bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2017. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service 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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