Jacksonville, FL – April 12, 2021 – Daimler AG (NASDAQ:DDAIF)– which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand – has recalled 15,096 vehicles whose sunroofs could fly off while the car is in motion, creating a road hazard. The recall includes 76 models that have previously had the sunroof repaired:
- 2017-2020 Mercedes Benz C300 Coupe
- 2017-2020 Mercedes-Benz C43 Coupe AMG
- 2017-2020 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
- 2015-2020 Mercedes-Benz C300
- 2016-2018 Mercedes-Benz C350e
- 2016-2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 Coupe AMG
- 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG
- 2015-2019 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
- 2016 Mercedes-Benz C450
- 2015-2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG
- 2016-2020 Mercedes Benz GLC300
- 2017-2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG
- 2017-2019 Mercedes Coupe AMG GLE43
- 2016 Mercedes Coupe GLE450
The affected component is called the “Cover OSR” and has multiple part numbers, including A1177800022 and A1567801200.
The sunroof in these vehicles is bonded to the car with a front roof panel that is adjacent to the windshield. Dealers did not attach the panel to the car correctly during a prior repair, making the panel and sunroof prone to falling off the vehicle while it is moving.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received seven complaints concerning the “the detachment” of the panel while driving.
A driver of a C-class vehicle complained last year that the sunroof no longer closed and was shaking and rattling, creating a potential “safety issue during a possible rollover.” Another said that his or her car got wet after a piece of sunroof “flew off.”
Before the panel detaches, the driver may notice “excessive wind noises in the area of the sunroof while driving” or notice that the panel is partially separated from the vehicle.
The flyaway roofs pose a safety risk to the driver and other motorists, who may crash as they try to avoid the debris or if the panel hits them. You can read more about the dangers of road debris in our recent article about Land Rover’s fly-away spoiler recall.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the front roof panel with a new one, using the correct process and chemicals to adhere it to the car. Owners who already paid to have their roof panels re-attached may be eligible for reimbursement. More information about when and how to seek repairs will be sent out to owners in the week of May 14.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 15,000 vehicles are included in this Mercedes Benz recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.