Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles over risk of fire

Jacksonville, FL – May 4, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, is recalling 21,306 vehicles with an electrical installation that could overheat. This may cause a vehicle fire, increasing the risk of injury and property damage.

The affected vehicles include:

  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz Maybach GLS600
  • 2020 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE450
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE580
  • 2020 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS450
  • 2020 – 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS580
  • 2021 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE53

Recall summary  

All models on this are so-called “mild hybrids,” meaning they have an electric motor which works together with an engine to make it more fuel-efficient. This electric motor runs on 48V and has a separate electrical installation with several ground connections to power different components in the car.

In affected vehicles, the nut that secures one of the connections under the front passenger seat might not be tightened sufficiently. This may cause the connector to overheat and catch on fire. 

The component in question is the ground connection nut, with part number A0029906850.  

Recall risks

For more on the risks of fire, please visit this article about a Hyundai recall due to the risk of fire.

Warning signs

The driver may notice warning messages concerning the “48V onboard power supply” on the dashboard

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls

Apart from this Mercedes-Benz electrical Issue, there were at least two major Mercedes-Benz recalls in the past couple of months.  Earlier this month, over 8,000 new cars were recalled due to incorrectly programmed cruise control. The program would still run even if the driver’s hands were not on the wheel which is required for safety reasons.

In late March, 9,156 cars were subject to a recall due to inoperable rear lights also due to a programming error, as reported.

The repair

Dealers will tighten the nuts in question free of charge. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on June 7, 2022.  

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

This Mercedes-Benz electrical ground connection recall is affecting more than 20,000 vehicles. To do a Mercedes-Benz recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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