Jacksonville, FL – April 23, 2021 – Daimler AG (NASDAQ:DDAIF), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, is recalling 5,215 compact SUVs that have tailgate spoilers that may detach while driving. The resulting road hazard could increase the risk of a crash or injury for surrounding motorists.
This recall includes the following GLB-class SUVs:
- 2021 GLB35 AMG
- 2020 GLB250
- 2021 GLB250
The recalled cars have side tailgate spoilers, which are pieces of external trim made out of plastic. Their main purpose is to improve the appearance of these cars by giving them a slicker look. The spoilers were mounted incorrectly and may detach from the vehicle while traveling at a high speed.
Spoilers that detach while moving may hit other vehicles, injuring its occupants or causing an accident. Even if this does not happen, it is very likely that they will land on the road and become an obstacle. This augments the chances of an accident or injury for other drivers, as it may force them to make quick maneuvers.
To read more about the dangers of road debris, please see this article about a recent Land Rover recall.
Other Mercedes-Benz recalls
In August 2020, more than 10,000 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250 SUVs were recalled because their rear spoilers were not fully attached to the car and might have detached from the car while driving.
To fix the issue, Mercedes-Benz dealers will check how the side spoilers are mounted to the car and replace them – together with a corresponding clip – if needed. The repair is free of charge. The recall begins on May 31.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
This Mercedes-Benz recall includes over 5,000 compact GLB35 AMG SUVs. To see if your vehicle is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.