E-CLASS RECALL IN SA: Mercedes-Benz confirms that E-Class units (from 2013 to 2015) will be recalled in SA. Local owners will be contacted. Image: Mercedes-Benz
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 147 000 sedans and estates to fix a problem "with an engine compartment seal that could ignite".
The recall mostly affects E350 sedans (2013 to 2015 model years). South African owners are affected. The automaker says a rubber seal in the back of the engine bay, designed to muffle noises, can stick to the bonnet when it opens.
It could then drop into the engine compartment, where it may increase the risk of a fire if it touches the exhaust system.
Mercedes-Benz will start the recall in March 2015. Owners can then take their vehicles to dealers, who will fix the issue for free by attaching four additional retaining clips to the seal.
A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz SA explained that in the course of worldwide product monitoring, it became aware that in certain E-Class and CLS vehicles (212 and 218 platform), the rubber seal of the engine compartment might lift from the secondary bulkhead of the engine compartment.
The automaker said: "Under adverse circumstances, it could not be excluded that a portion of the seal could contact hot parts of the engine. We are in the process of rolling out a local recall campaign with around 2200 units affected. Our dealers will contact affected customers accordingly."
The affected vehicles are CLS 400, CLS 550, CLS63, E350, E400, E400 hybrid, E550 and E63. A total of 147 224 vehicles are affected.