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Beginning next month, Mercedes-Benz will begin recalling some 7,000 vehicles. All of the recalled models are diesels. The problem only affects certain 2011/2012 model year vehicles.


The vehicles being recalled may have a leaky diesel fuel filter, which
may cause a leak around the heating component. The worry is that diesel
fuel could leak onto the road, possibly causing an accident. Other risks
include diesel fuel leaking into the heat source itself, which could
cause a fire.

The diesels being recalled are the 2011 E-class
(212) models built from July 2010 to February 2011, GL-class (X164)
models built between March 2010 and March 2011, ML-class (W164) models
built from January 2010 to March 2011, R-class (251) models produced
from April 2010 through April 2011 and also a small number of the 2012
S-class (221) models.

NHTSA Campaign ID Number 11V496000
potentially affects the diesel fuel system of 6,872 vehicles. Owners of
these vehicles will be contacted by MBUSA. Dealers will access each
vehicle to determine if it needs a new diesel fuel filter. If the work
is deemed necessary, it will be done free of charge. If owners would
prefer to contact MBUSA first, they can call (800) 367-6372. Owners may
also contact the National Highway Traffic Safey Administration’s Vehicle
Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov/.

For
the most part, the recall is just a precaution, as Mercedes believes
that the defect will appear in less than one percent of the recalled
models.

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