The Problem: The adhesive bond between the carbon-fiber driveshaft and the flange at either end may fail, causing a loss of power to the rear wheels. If the component fails, the driver may not be able to move the car and, if the car is in motion, may experience deceleration.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the vehicle's carbon-fiber driveshaft if necessary.
If you own one: The recall is expected to begin by the end of June, with Mercedes-Benz reaching out to owners with a notification this month.
What's the Issue:
Daimler AG has determined that on certain MY16 AMG GT S vehicles (C190) the bond between the carbon-fiber driveshaft and the engine/transmission flange might not meet the specification. The strength of the adhesive between the drive shaft and the flange might be compromised due to insufficient cleaning of the respective bonding surfaces prior to assembly. In such a case, the carbon-fiber driveshaft might separate from the flange and spin. This could result in loss of traction between the engine and transmission and thus lead to loss of motive power, and increase the risk of a potential crash.
What We're Doing:
MBUSA has initiated a voluntary recall of the 135 potentially affected vehicles described above. The recall will be conducted by an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer to check the driveshaft and replace it if necessary. Please note that MB Select funds may be used for this recall to enhance the customer experience with these new vehicles.
· Replacement parts are not yet available.
· This recall is scheduled to launch on approximately July1, 2016, when parts become available.
· Customer notification letters will be mailed approximately one week after the recall launch.
While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, MBUSA is determined to maintain a high level of vehicle quality and customer satisfaction. Please refer all customer inquiries to the Customer Assistance Center at 1-800-FOR-MERCedes (1-800-367-6372).