WASHINGTON — Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 4,871 vehicles, including the 2014-'15 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec and E250 Bluetec 4Matic, because an oil leak may increase the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, oil may leak from around the chain tensioner gasket area," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Leaking oil may drip onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of a fire. Additionally, the leaking oil may be a road hazard for other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash."
The affected vehicles were built from February 28, 2014 to November 10, 2014.
Mercedes-Benz did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any fires, injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket. The recall is expected to begin on December 26. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these vehicles, plan on scheduling a service appointment with your dealer after Christmas.