Atlanta – Aug. 31, 2017 – Mercedes Benz USA just recalled more than 12,000 vehicles possibly equipped with defective software, according to Consumer Affairs. The campaign pertains to 2016-2017 Mercedes AMG coupes and 2017 GLE 43 sport utility vehicles with manufacturing dates on or following May 2, 2017.
The models named in the recall contain defective engine and transmission control software that could cause a complete engine shutdown. Specifically, the two software platforms interact improperly when drivers reduce to slow speeds by performing consecutive downshifts, Motor 1 reported. In this instance, the warning light illuminates and the vehicle’s engine shuts off. Mercedes has also discovered that the same outcome occurs when drivers start their vehicles in ECO mode.
The defective software increases the likelihood of an accident and therefore poses a serious risk to owners. However, Mercedes has yet to receive reports connecting the defect to any accidents of injuries due to how recently the issue was discovered.
Timeline of Events
The automaker has not released details into the investigation that uncovered the defect.
Mercedes has asked dealers to reprogram the software in affected vehicles, free of charge. Owners should expect to receive notification in September. Those in need of more immediate assistance can contact Mercedes Benz USA customer service at (800) 367-6372, or call the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.