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It turns out Ford isn't the only automaker worried about car fire recalls these days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today issuing a recall for potential fires on various 2011 and 2012 model year Mercedes-Benz vehicles, occurring from a fault with a fuel filter flange. The problem stems from an issue in the molding process that can allow the flange to crack, leak gasoline and possibly cause a fire.

Only a small number (5,800) of vehicles are affected by the recall, but it includes a total of eight different models (C300, CL550, CL63 AMG, E350, GLK350, S400 Hybrid, S550 and S63 AMG) across five vehicle lines (C-Class, CL-Class, E-Class, GLK-Class and S-Class). To fix the potentially hazardous problem, dealers will replace the fuel filter as a part of the recall, which goes into effect next month.

For the full list of affected models, check out the official NHTSA recall notice posted after the jump.
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Report Date: December 11, 2012 at 01:30 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V557000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MERCEDES / GLK350 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / C300 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / CL550 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / CL63 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / E350 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / S400 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / S550 2011-2012
MERCEDES BENZ / S63 2011-2012

Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.
Report Receipt Date: DEC 03, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V557000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5,800

Summary:
Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 S400, S550, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350, GLK350 4Matic, CL550 4Matic, and CL63 AMG vehicles manufactured from April 18, 2011, through July 12, 2011. Due to an irregularity stemming from the molding process of the fuel filter flange, the fuel filter flange may crack when operated in high temperatures.

Consequence:
If the fuel filter flange cracks, it will leak fuel which may lead to a fire if anexternal ignition source in present.

Remedy:
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel filter, free of charge. The recall campaign is expected to begin in January 2013. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, how about a monthly summary of all vehicle recalls? Individual posts like this for specific recalls make me wonder how you choose which recalls to post -- or perhaps you cover all of them(?). Or maybe you cover all of them with a certain minimum number of affected vehicles(?). A consistent policy would make it clear you're not showing favoritism towards any brand.
      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fire problems happen to the best of them. So all those tards who rap on Ford can walk away from their Samurai Keyboards. This comment makes 12... seems they already have.
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the same fuel filler flange from the same supplier that was recalled recently in another British luxury brand. You know which one. See, this sort of thing happens to everyone, not just one brand or another.
        FreeThinker
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Classic_Engr
        Yes, you are correct, but yours is a logical conclusion from an automotive engineer. As you know, people base their decisions about which car is "better" largely on emotionally conclusions, even for something logical like this. Add a dash of ego and a little deep-rooted insecurity, and it's not enough for them to say, "My car is better." They need, and I mean NEED, to say, "My car is better than yours, because it's a {INSERT PREFERRED BRAND NAME HERE} made in {INSERT PREFERRED COUNTRY OF ORIGIN HERE} and yours is CRAP because it's a [OTHER BRAND] from [OTHER COUNTRY]." Implying that, "Therefore, I AM BETTER than YOU." It's a little sad really, but this cannot be ignored. In the automotive world, "perception" is reality. It's a key factor to success, no matter what the logical facts are. Now, some brands did have a reputation for poor quality many years ago because they built products with questionable reliability, so frankly they asked for it. And it will take many more years for people to let go of old perceptions passed along from their fathers, friends, and fellow auto enthusiasts, even if that company really is building better, world-class products today.
      CadiVetteFerrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where are the American Euro-snobs who piss on the domestics with their comments about reliability?
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        When a single European car gets recalled three times after it goes on sale, then we can talk.
        Radwon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        I was waiting for somebody to notice that. Where are all the comments about that German 'reliability' and 'engineering' that they have been riding for so long? Could it be a myth?
        234567
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CadiVetteFerrari
        American SUV are much reliable than European, Best selling SUV in Switzerland & Europe is Jeep, Just compare Mercedes G & GL & ML with GM SUV in last 10 years or Volvo Suv they all have transfer case problem & cost a lot to repair, It's time to educate public to respect US car manafactures.
      Larry
      • 2 Years Ago
      7.8 million toyota's recently recalled for fire risk, and autoshlog uses Ford as an example. How freaking obvious and pathetic. I will not log into this site again.
      Luke
      • 2 Years Ago
      This comment board is awfully quiet...oh, wait...not a Ford recall. Got it.
      Pope Digg VIII
      • 2 Years Ago
      So many fire concerns in recalls lately. When the world's automakers said their new cars would be hot, I didn't expect it to be this way
      fly by wireless
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a Ford.... I mean Hyundai... I mean... It's a Mercedes Benz. What do you expect from Doctor Z?
      Bernard
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well look at that, another electric car catching on fire! Err, wait a minute... Dear Fisker, My apologies...
      234567
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is some other problem with S-class 2006 & up known as (model - 221) chassis : Transmission will stock shifting, will stay in limp mode, Dealers won't sell parts to independent shop for repair, unless they do job & charge customers full price. Have common problem with back head cylinder (there is 2 small plug & one large one commonly large plug have a problem due to low quality O ring & design, Parts doesn't cost more than $ 15. & it takes less than 15 minutes to replace no special tools required (no nuts & bolts need to be removed I have seen some local MBUSA dealers charge more than $ 250. Also there is some issue with suspension joints. MB Tech
      Tax Ifornia
      • 1 Year Ago
      eaking fuel sensors on Mercedes Vehicles... Defective products are not just inconvenient for consumers. When products fail due to bad designs or manufacturing flaws, they can cause injuries and cost consumers significant financial loss. Manufacturers have a responsibility to comply with industry safety standards and " to WARN consumers" of any potential dangers. If physical injury or financial harm results from their failure to do so, and when other consumers have suffered losses similar to yours, the manufacturers may be held legally responsible through class action lawsuits and complex multi-district ligation (MDL). Everyday I run into more people with this problem the dealers and Mercedes Benz Corporate are very uncooperative about it . If you are lucky they may cover half of the parts and charge you the labor to repair/replace the leaking sensors. Just hope that your gas tank does not need to be replaced. They are getting hundreds of calls a day on these Leaking tanks and sensors. This will end bad for Mercedes One day in the near future someone's house is going to burn to the ground because of leaking Fuel in the garage next to the water heater. My wife had the problem in her CLK550 2007 The dealer Fletcher Jones of Newport Beach Gave us nothing but trouble and getting the problem fixed her car has 7000 miles on it. Shame on Mercedes Benz of America and Fletcher Jones Motorcars of Newport CA For NOT doing the right thing for their Customers. This is a Serious fire and explosion Hazard. The fix can run 1300 dollars all the way up to 3500 dollars if you need a new fuel tank. The estimates online say that as many as a million vehicles are using these defective Sensors (I think it is a lot more) Keep in mind these sensors are located directly under the rear passenger seats under a access panels. In my wife vehicle we actual smelled the gasoline in the cabin and the garage. Also note all of the leads and electrical lines going into this sensors in contact with the raw fuel/gasoline. BEWARE
      Todd Hummel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hi my name is Todd and I had a 2006 ML350. It spontaneously caught fire as it was parked for two hours after I had driven it. The firemen state in the report it was an electrical fire and started from a short in the rear taillight harness, much like the investigation in the C-class. They could determine that in only twenty minutes time. It was deemed totaled and luckily It didn’t kill anyone. Look at the pictures below and see what you think. I brought this to Mercedes Benz USA's attention and they were careless about the safety dangers that this caused/posed. They said it wasn’t a manufacturers’ defect. Might I remind you the car had been parked for 2 hours. God forbid if consumers found out that the ML-class would be involved in the same investigation as the C-class. They were of more concern about this being leaked or exposed and tried to sweep my case under the rug. They held my vehicle for about 2 months for their "investigation" and not to have any conclusion of the manufacturers defect is complete BS. They told me that the fire was inconclusive and not a manufactures defect. Get this! They only gave me one case manager and limited me only to speak with her. After I had asked to speak to numerous other managers and higher ups they told me I strictly couldn't. After being trapped in this corporate cover up I had no where else to turn. SUSAN M( my west coast regional case manager) How many other vehicle cases did they sweep under the rug like mine? I do not expect this kind of cover-up from Mercedes and would expect them to stand behind their vehicles. I only had 76,000 miles on it. An absolute nightmare!! See the pictures below. THIS WENT TO CBS2 KCAL 9 THE BBB, NHTSA, numerous auto blogs ,CAS and the Federal Trade commission . I'M STILL NOT DONE!!
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