WASHINGTON — Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 136 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT S coupes because of a powertrain problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A stop-sale order has been issued on the affected cars.
"The adhesive bond between the carbon-fiber driveshaft and the rear flange may fail, and as a result, there may be a loss of torque to the rear wheels," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "The vehicle operator may be unable to move the vehicle, or may experience deceleration if the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash."
A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
"In the event of a transmission malfunction or loss of traction between the engine and transmission, a warning signal in the instrument cluster will alert the driver," Mercedes-Benz told federal safety regulators.
The company became aware of a single field case in the U.S. in October 2015 where an AMG GT S customer noted "noticeable noises beneath his vehicle," the company said in a document filed with NHTSA.
Two other field cases were reported later in Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these vehicles, it's time to make a service appointment with your Mercedes-Benz dealer.