Mercedes-Benz Recalls 2011-'12 Vehicles for Fire Risk


  • 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL Picture

    2011 Mercedes-Benz CL Picture

    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 5,800 2011-'12 vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, GLK 350 and S550, because a fuel leak may lead to a fire. | December 11, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Mercedes-Benz is recalling 5,800 2011-'12 vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, GLK 350 and S550, because a fuel leak may lead to a fire, according to the NHTSA.
  • Other vehicles included in the recall are the 2011-'12 Mercedes-Benz S400, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350 4Matic and CL550 4Matic.
  • The problem lies with a defective fuel filter.

WASHINGTON — Mercedes-Benz is recalling 5,800 2011-'12 vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, GLK 350 and S550, because a fuel leak may lead to a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Other vehicles included in the recall are the 2011-'12 Mercedes-Benz S400, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350 4Matic and CL550 4Matic.

The problem lies with a defective fuel filter.

"Due to an irregularity stemming from the molding process of the fuel filter flange, the fuel filter flange may crack when operated in high temperatures," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the fuel filter flange cracks, it will leak fuel, which may lead to a fire if an external ignition source is present."

The vehicles were built from April 18, 2011 through July 12, 2011.

Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the fuel filter. The recall is expected to begin in January. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Edmunds says: The recall does not begin for several weeks as Mercedes-Benz dealers wait for parts. But keep an eye out for a recall notice if you own one of the aforementioned vehicles.

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