Mercedes-Benz cars to be recalled due to potential fire risk

Pablo Tucker
March 7, 2017

Bloomberg News adds that Daimler AG, the corporation that owns Mercedes-Benz, is targeting ultra-wealthy customers with the new Maybach G-Class 650, but is also targeting a larger consumer base with more affordable cars.

The recall was issued after there were as many as 51 confirmed reports of fires in several countries from which 30 were reported in US.

Chennai: Luxury vehicle maker Mercedes Benz has received more than 500 bookings for its latest E-Class model across markets, leading to ramping up of production at its Pune factory, a senior company official said today. Daimler maintains that these fires haven't caused any injuries or deaths. Of the ten lakh cars, 3.8 lakh vehicles are in the United States while 75,000 cars are from the UK. The issue connects to a potentially defective fuse.

Over 300,000 of the recalled cars, which include 2017 models, were sold in the USA and Mercedes-Benz told Reuters that it did not now have a breakdown of the nations where the other cars would be recalled.

Daimler told Automotive News that unsold cars containing this fuse will not be sold until theyve been fixed by the dealer. Mercedes will guide the affected owners properly on what to do next.

While the rectifications are expected to begin in late March - at least for the United States customers - there is no information about when customers in other markets would be notified and the necessary parts replaced.

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