Significant Mercedes-Benz recalls include 147,224 vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2015 because of engine fire risk, and 30,000 vehicles manufactured between 2012 and 2015 for problems with LED tail lights. Mercedes-Benz owners can enter their vehicle identification number on the company's website to determine if their vehicles are covered under any recalls.
Mercedes-Benz models recalled for engine fire risk include E-Class and CLS-Class mid-size sedans and station wagons. Rubber seals manufactured by the German company Veritas AG may not be properly installed and can stick to the engine hood. The seal may drop from the hood into the catalytic converter, and can ignite and start a fire in the engine compartment if the catalytic converter is hot. The seal is designed to isolate noises, humidity, heat and odors in the engine. Mercedes-Benz repairs the recalled vehicles by adding four clips to the affected rubber seal.
The tail lamp recall affects CLS-Class Mercedes-Benz models. The car's LED tail lights may not properly light up on the sides. This reduces the car's rear visibility and increases the risk of a crash. The affected vehicles do not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. Mercedes-Benz repairs these vehicles by updating the car's lighting controller software. Owners can have their recalled cars repaired at Mercedes-Benz dealerships free of charge.