"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."
Mercedes-Benz did not respond immediately to an Edmunds query asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
The affected vehicles were built from February 28, 2014 to November 21, 2014.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket. The recall began on December 10. Owners can contact Mercedes at 1-877-762-8267.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these Sprinter vans, it's time to schedule a service appointment with your dealer.