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BMW, Mercedes Recall More than 400K Cars

German makers deal with stalling, tail light problems.

by on Apr.29, 2014

The 2012 BMW 3-Series is one of the many models targeted by the latest recall.

The list of recalls continues to lengthen as two German automakers – BMW and Mercedes-Benz – issued recalls for separate problems on more than 400,000 vehicles.

BMW is recalling 156,000 cars due to issues with aluminum bolts that secure the housing for the variable camshaft timing adjustment unit can loosen over time and may break and could cause stalling.

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The action covers the 2010-12 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X3, X5, X6 and Z4 along with the 2011-2012 5 Series and 2012 6 Series vehicles. Additionally, BMW is extending the warranties for another 170,000 inline six-cylinder 2010-12 vehicles, which are not covered in the recall, to address similar problems if they arise. The vehicles were built between September 2009 and February 2012. (more…)

Flaming Taillights Put Mercedes Under NHTSA Microscope

Over 200,000 C-Class sedans could be recall target.

by on Jul.15, 2013

The NHTSA investigation targets Mercedes C-Class sedans from 2008 to 2009.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking a closer look at about 218,000 Mercedes C-Class sedans due to consumer complaints about faulty taillights that reportedly have caught fire in some instances.

NHTSA says it has so far received 21 separate owner complaints.  And though there have been no reports of injuries the potential for a more serious situation has federal safety investigators worried.

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The most common complaint concerns brake lamps that have dimmed or won’t light up at all. Owners have reported noting the smell of smoke while others have noted that electrical components have melted.  Some have noted burn marks in the vehicle’s trunk while one owner reported seeing a small flame from a rear lamp connector when the trunk was open.


Nearly 6,000 Mercedes Recalled For Fire Risk

Expanding list of vehicles facing fire risks.

by on Dec.13, 2012

The Mercedes C-Class is among those being recalled.

Mercedes-Benz has become the latest automaker forced to order a recall due to a potential fire risk on almost 6,000 of its luxury sedans, coupes and crossovers.

A who’s-who of automotive brand names has been caught up by fire-related issues — ranging from leaky engines to power window switches that could inadvertently short-circuit – so far this year.

The latest entrant into this select club is Mercedes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordering the recall of about 5,800 of the German maker’s products – covering eight separate models  sold during the 2011 and 2012 model-years – because of a faulty fuel filter flange.

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According to regulators, a defect in the molding process can led the flange to crack and possibly spill gasoline during refueling. That, in turn, could cause a fire.

The models covered by the recall include the C300, CL550, CL63 AMG, E350, GLK350, S400 Hybrid, S550 and S63 AMG.