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Recall 17V114000

Starting Current Limiter Overheats Causing Fire Hazard

Recall Details

When unsuccessfully attempting to engage the starter to start the engine, the starting current limiter may overheat, resulting in components melting and causing a fire hazard. Dealers will install an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

When the engine and transmission cannot turn over when starting the vehicle, a part of the system called the starting current limiter may overheat, causing a fire hazard.

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 March, 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.

Electrical & Lights, February 23, 2017

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
February 23, 2017
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
354,434
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
17V114000
Component
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING

Summary
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2015-2017 C300 4Matic, C300, CLA250, CLA250 4Matic and CLA45 AMG vehicles, 2017 C300 4Matic Cabrio, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, E300, E300 4Matic, E400 4Matic Wagon, E43 AMG 4Matic, GLA250, GLA250 4Matic and GLC300 4Matic Coupe vehicles and 2016 C350e and GLC300 vehicles and 2016-2017 C450 4Matic AMG Sport and GLC300 4Matic vehicles. In the event that the engine or transmission cannot turn over, the starting current limiter may overheat from the repeated attempts of the starter motor attempting to start the vehicle.
Consequence
If the starting current limiter overheats, the surrounding components can melt, increasing the risk of a fire.
Remedy
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter, free of charge. Parts to remedy the vehicles are not currently available. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning in late March 2017. Owners will be mailed a follow up notice when remedy parts are available, currently expected to be in July 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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