German car engineering is considered to be one highest and most appreciated in the world, due to its incredible achievement in combining style, efficiency, and performance in some of the most amazing cars. However, even major established companies can make mistakes.
The latest case involves Daimler AG, the German automobile manufacturer, has announced that it will recall around one million Mercedes-Benz cars as well as SUVs from across the world. The largest number will be in the United States with more than 307,000 cars being recalled, and the United Kingdom were about 75,000 vehicles are involved.
According to a subsidiary company of Daimler, the Mercedes recall is due to the fact that the cars are equipped with a faulty starter fuse. This means that the vehicles are a potential fire hazard. The affected cars mostly include those produced in the 2017 model year.
Until now, the company has revealed that worldwide, 51 fire have already been reported to be caused by the car overheating. In the US alone, 30 cars were reported to have caught fire and just five vehicles in the UK. Fortunately, among all the reported cases, not one person was reported to be injured in the incidents.
According to a Daimler AG spokesman, Rory Lumsdon, the company discovered that the affected models include the A, B, C, E Class as well as GLC, GLA, CLA vehicles. Certain cars from these series feature the faulty starter fuse, which can overload due to unique conditions during the car’s starting procedure.
The conditions include situations where the car’s engine is damaged and cannot be cranked. The fuse started can easily overload if a driver tries to repeatedly start the vehicle, due to the very high electric flow which passes to the fuse and overheating it in the process.
Owners whose cars are involved in the Mercedes recall will be notified through a letter which will be sent later in this very month. Fortunately, for both the owners as well as Mercedes, the starter fuse issues can be easily addressed by contacting local retailers.
According to Daimler AG, the fix consists in the installation of an additional fuse into the electrical line of the starter. This will act as a precautionary measure until a more definitive fix will be available in July.
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