2015 Mercedes-Benz C300, C400 4Matic Recalled for Fire Risk

WASHINGTON Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 3,039 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic and C400 4Matic vehicles because a fuel system problem could lead to a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A stop-sale order was issued to dealers by the automaker on March 13.

"In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may be improperly secured to the fuel tank," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "Secondly, electrical wires that connect to the fuel delivery module might have been pinched between the flange of the fuel delivery module and the tank.

"If the locking plate is not properly secured to the fuel delivery module, it may become loose, and leak fuel, increasing the risk of a fire. If the electrical wires are pinched, the fuel pump may stop working, resulting in a stall, thereby increasing the risk of a crash."

A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, fires, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.

The affected cars were built from April 7, 2014 to July 25, 2015.

Mercedes-Benz dealers will inspect the vehicles for improperly secured locking plates and pinched wires, correcting the problem as necessary. The recall is expected to launch in late March. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.

The automaker told federal safety regulators that customers may continue to drive their vehicles until the recall has been performed.

Edmunds says: Owners of these cars can either wait for their official recall notice or schedule a service appointment now with their dealer.

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