According to The Detroit News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans over the possibility of faulty taillamps that, in some situations, may even catch fire. Some 218,000 C-Class vehicles are being investigated, all of which are from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

NHTSA has reportedly received 21 statements from owners citing the brake lights or turn signals dimming or failing to light. In some cases, drivers reported a burning smell, a few noting that some of the vehicle's electrical parts had melted. What's even more alarming is that some drivers reported smelling smoke or seeing burn marks in the trunk. One driver even reportedly saw small flames coming from the rear lamp connector when the trunk was open.

Scary stuff, to be sure, though NHTSA says that this problem hasn't caused any injuries. Still, the government agency will investigate the problem further to see if this actually warrants a recall.


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      Love Great Danes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watch, somehow they will blame them on Chrysler
        Omologato
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Love Great Danes
        Wasn't the C-Class developed during the Daimler-Chrysler era?
          waternoz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Omologato
          I have a 11' C car, friend of mine had a Chrysler Seabring rental, after the 10th or so similarity we stopped counting. I have zero doubt the C is more Chrysler than MB.
      Buckingham's
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thankfully, I've never owned a Mercedes Burns.....oops...I mean Benz.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those taillights do look pretty gay, but I wouldn't call 'em FLAMING.
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      LMAO and the Euro Trash has so much to say how bad U.S. cars are...
        56Jalopy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
        Uh... Last time I checked GM had a recall for melted tail light connectors on their pick ups
          sparrk
          • 1 Year Ago
          @56Jalopy
          That's funny because it's true.
      Shelton Stevens
      • 1 Year Ago
      Taillights by Adam Lambert
      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cheapest bidder wins again.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Next time I see someone in an AMG at a stoplight I'll have to tell him he's got flaming headlights.
      Eggshen
      • 1 Year Ago
      No surprise here. I notice many MB's going down the road with weird things happening to their taillights. I pass them parked on the street while walking my dog and one taillight will be dimly lit and the front fog light on the opposite side will be lit.
      Paulette
      • 1 Year Ago
      My MB 1998 driver's side side mirror catches fire.
      Tyler
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW had the same problem (minus the flames/fire) with both the E60 and E46 chassis cars. Both of my E46 tail lights had melted plastic innards and small burn marks around the housing. Naturally I got the panels replaced at an indy dealer only to have BMW recall them after I sold the car.
      Ron
      • 1 Year Ago
      The NHTSA wants to know why the cars didn't explode and toss the engine 150 feet away.
      Alexander Stewart
      • 1 Year Ago
      This actually happened to my father's 2009 C300. He had to pay for them to fix it last year.
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