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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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