WASHINGTON — Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 147,224 cars, including the 2013-'15 Mercedes-Benz E350 sedan because of a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The list of cars also includes the 2013-'15 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic sedan; E350 4Matic wagon; E400 Hybrid sedan; CLS550 CGI and CLS550 4Matic sedan; 2013-'14 E550 4Matic sedan; 2013 E63 AMG sedan, E63 AMG wagon and CLS63 AMG; 2014-'15 CLS63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic, E63 AMG 4Matic S sedan and E63 AMG 4Matic wagon; 2015 CLS400; 2015 E400 sedan, E400 4Matic sedan, CLS400 4Matic and 2014 CLS63 S.
A stop-sale order on the 2013-'15 E-Class and CLS-Class has been issued to Mercedes-Benz dealers.
"The affected vehicles have a rubber seal at the back of the engine bay that may temporarily stick to the hood when it is opened and then may fall into the engine bay when the hood is closed," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "If the rubber seal falls into the engine compartment, it may contact parts of the exhaust system, increasing the risk of a fire."
Mercedes-Benz said customers may continue to drive their vehicles until the repair has been performed. The repair takes less than 10 minutes, the automaker said.
Parent Daimler told federal safety regulators that in the course of its worldwide product monitoring, it "became aware of individual instances of E-Class and CLS-Class vehicles that showed various degrees of damage, consistent with possible fire in the engine compartment area."
Mercedes-Benz dealers will attach four additional retaining clips to the rubber seal. The recall is expected to begin in mid-March. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz USA customer service at (201) 573-5339.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait until they receive their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But if you have a concern in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer now.