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Mercedes-Benz 2016 Line Sees a Ton of Recalls

Mercedes-Benz USA has sent out a recall as of September 15th on a variety of 2016 Mercedes vehicles belonging in general to their SUBVs as well as the C300 Sedan, all of which suffer a problem with their ESP control unit which Mercedes wishes to immediately rectify.

And as Mercedes drivers, we should understand safety is the number one concern and make sure to update our Mercedes electronic aids safely before any failures happen.

 

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling vehicles to fix a faulty Electronic Stability Program (ESP) control unit.

The automaker is recalling 62 vehicles of model year 2016 GLC 300 SUV, GLC 300 4Matic SUV, C300 Sedan and C300 4Matic vehicles manufactured February 8, 2016, to May 18, 2016.

The recalled vehicles may be equipped with an ESP control unit that may have been damaged before being installed, which may result in unintentionally activate the stability control altering the vehicle’s path, thus increasing the risk of a crash. Continue Reading

Takata airbags have become a popular brand for almost every auto-industry giant, including Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Toyota, Volkswagen and more. Sadly though, it looks like Mercedes would have benefitted from manufacturing their own safety measures for their vehicles as 2016 and 2017 Takata airbags have been found with a fault that has caused 13 deaths and over 100 injuries.

While it seems the best measure is to follow the recall due to the externally manufactured part, for those with older Mercedes be sure to look into keeping your drive safe. We’d recommend looking into Steering and fresh Brakes to increase control on the road.

 

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler Van vehicles have been added to a list of new cars and trucks being sold with potentially defective airbags made by Takata Corp. 

A report released Wednesday by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who leads a Senate commerce committee, cites several makes and models that are equipped with part in question. 

Takata-made airbags are part of an unprecedented recall that spans 14 automakers and 22 brands, and includes some 34 million vehicles in the U.S. 

At the heart of the recall is an airbag inflator that can become explosive and send metal pieces flying through the cabin of the vehicle when it’s deployed. 

Nelson’s report adds these vehicles to the list of new cars and trucks with defective airbag inflators: Continue Reading

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Mercedes has placed a lot of recalls on cars from this year in the last month. Currently there are 4 different active recalls. Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupes are being recalled due to an issue that can cause the car to shut down while breaking. Multiple Mercedes Benz models are being recalled due to improperly bolted seat belts that could fail during a crash. SLK models have a problem with misaligned headlights. Then finally the C300 4Matics are being recalled due to a failure in power steering.  Most of these issues are due to electrical errors, you can find electrical components for Mercedes-Benz cars if you click here.

July 16, 2016 — Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 6,300 vehicles in four recalls to fix four separate defects, one involving minor problems with the way headlights are aimed.

Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupe

The majority of the recalled cars are 5,826 model year 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupes with problems that can cause the cars to shut down when using the brakes. The automaker says an error inside the engine control unit software can cause the cars to shut down any time the brakes are applied.

Mercedes says it’s possible the driver could be confused and believe the shutdown was planned due to the start/stop function. No matter what a driver may think, the car shutting down from simply applying the brakes could be a serious safety hazard.

Mercedes-Benz says the recalled 2016 GLE450 AMG 4Matic Coupes were built December 10, 2014, to June 6, 2016.

The automaker says owners should watch for mailed notices in July and dealers will update the engine control unit software to keep the cars from stalling. Continue Reading

Due to factory error, the 2015 SLK300, SLK350, SL400, SL550 and SL63 AMG have all been recalled for repairs to realign headlights. While the issue may not be immediately obvious, the factory error may have placed many Mercedes-Benz headlights out of align enough so that they no longer comply with safety regulations. Fortunately this recall effects a relatively small number of cars in the US, but while we’re on the topic of headlight safety, click here to find any lighting element replacements that could keep you safe on the road.

 

Mercedes-Benz has launched a repair program for the 2015 SLK300, SLK350, SL400, SL550 and SL63 AMG to re-aim the headlights.

The low beams may have been incorrectly aimed from the factory, due to a deviation in the alignment of the headlight calibrator used in the production process. On certain vehicles the lights may fail to meet the tolerance range specified in federal safety guidelines.

[Daimler AG] believes that there is no effect on vehicle safety,” the company notes in its recall document. “A reduced range of the headlight is recognizable to the driver and can be managed by adjusted driving until the beam can be re-adjusted at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.”
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Due to an unfortunate flaw in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic’s power assisted steering program the line of cars has been recalled to prevent increased risk of crash. There are no reported crashes so far, but due to a software error in the power steering system there could be a failure of power steering reducing the responsiveness of the vehicle. To find replacement steering components for your Mercedes, click here.

 

2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Recalled For Steering Problem

WASHINGTON — Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 17 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic sedans because of a steering problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“In the affected vehicles, the electric power steering assist system may shut down due to a software error,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.”

The affected vehicles were built from November 4, 2015 to March 1, 2016.

A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries or crashes linked to the recall. Continue Reading

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Over a pretty short period of time, we have seen the development of an incredibly serious recall having to do with a number of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The recall is concerning airbags produced by the company Takata, specifically the inflators on the front passenger side of the vehicles.

The problem is that, over time, the inflators can degrade due to a few issues. The recall, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in a summary, “In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front airbags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.” They added, “An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.”

Even with this all being the case, Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz’ parent company) has stated that they haven’t had any issues stemming from the Takata airbags from drivers, so it’s particularly commendable that they are being so open about the recall.

The vehicles involved in the recall from Mercedes include:

  • 2011 E350 convertible
  • 2011 E550 coupe
  • 2011 E550 convertible
  • 2010-’11 E350 coupe
  • 2010-’11 GLK 350 4Matic
  • 2010-’11 GLK350
  • 2008-’11 C63 AMG sedan
  • 2008-’11 C350 sedan
  • 2008-’11 C300 4Matic sedan
  • 2008-’11 C300 sedan
  • 2010-’11 Sprinter commercial van

If you own any of these vehicles, you should expect to receive mailers soon informing you of the recall. The parts are not yet available to fix all the nearly 200,000 cars that have been affected, but you should be receiving a second mailer as soon as the repair can be made.

For those of you who are looking to make repairs on your own vehicle – even if not necessarily the Takata airbag -, we offer a full range of Mercedes-Benz parts. You can find them by clicking here.

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It seems there is a peculiar problem hitting a specific group of Mercedes-Benz SLK300s. From this model, those built between June 2 and July 14, 2015, might not have the backup power supply connected properly. In the worst situations, the vehicle will not be able to shift into park nor apply the e-brake, making for a dangerous fiasco, including rolling away when the driver thinks it’s secure.

If you’re having problems with the transmission on your Mercedes-Benz, click here to check out our transmission parts.

 

“In this situation, without the backup power supply, the only way to keep the vehicle from moving is to press the brake pedal,” the recall documents note. “As soon as the driver attempts to exit the vehicle, the vehicle may roll, increasing the risk of injury.”

The issue appears to be limited to vehicles equipped with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Service technicians will be instructed to correct the switch wiring and perform a software update to restore proper behavior.

It is unclear if the defect has been associated with any accidents or injuries. Read More

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