Feds Open Probe Into 2003-'06 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMGs for Fuel Leak


  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Picture

    2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Picture

    NHTSA has opened an investigation into 6,964 2003-'06 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG sedans and wagons after consumer complaints of fuel leakage. | March 19, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened an investigation into 6,964 2003-'06 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG sedans and wagons after consumer complaints of fuel leakage.
  • "Complainants alleged fuel leaks or a strong odor of gasoline both inside and outside of their vehicle, particularly after refueling," said NHTSA.
  • NHTSA noted these AMG models use a different fuel pump and fuel filter module than the non-AMG E-Class, but share other fuel system components, including the fuel tank.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 6,964 2003-'06 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG sedans and wagons after consumer complaints of fuel leakage.

"Complainants alleged fuel leaks or a strong odor of gasoline both inside and outside of their vehicle, particularly after refueling," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation.

Federal safety regulators describe the problem as "fuel leakage at or near the top of the fuel tank assembly."

NHTSA has received 197 complaints related to the probe, according to documentation posted on its Web site on Monday.

Mercedes-Benz USA did not immediately respond to a request from Edmunds asking for a comment on the investigation. Such a probe sometimes leads to a vehicle recall, but a recall has not yet been issued in this case.

NHTSA said there have been no reports of fires, injuries or fatalities linked to the investigation.

NHTSA noted these AMG models use a different fuel pump and fuel filter module than the non-AMG E-Class, but share other fuel system components, including the fuel tank.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned E55 AMG sedans or wagons, be aware that they are set for further study by federal safety regulators.

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