Mercedes-Benz Recalls a Handful of S-Class Models

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nhtsaIt is time for more safety recall updates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). BestRide.com brings you the latest safety recalls every week, along with the latest automotive news, views and millions of bargains on new and used vehicles. This week’s updates include models from several different continents. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche represent Germany, Toyota tows the line for the Japanese, with General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford all ringing in for North America. It seems that every automaker is intent on closely adhering to new and more effective safety measures. Hopefully, this practice will result in a dramatic decrease in automotive related injuries and fatalities.

Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb (most vehicles) for the production date of your ride. This will be helpful in determining whether or not your vehicle is under recall by the NHTSA.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 11V493000 

Mercedes-Benz Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2011& 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550, S550 CGI, S63, S600 Bi-Turbo, S65 AMG, S550 4-Matic, S550 CGI 4-Matic, and S400 Hybrid vehicles manufactured from March 3, 2011 through July 30, 2011. Approximately 158 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Failure of the “Tire Pressure Low” message to immediately illuminate after it has been set and the car is shut-off and re-started renders the vehicle non-compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 138, under the title “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.”

Concern: The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) could fail to automatically repeat a low pressure warning on subsequent ignition cycles, after it is initially set. This could cause the driver to operate the vehicle with an unsafe amount of air in one or more tires. This could damage the tire/s and/or increase the risk of a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Mercedes-Benz will notify vehicle owners with specific instructions for having the TPMS reprogrammed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners of affected vehicles may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6732.

NOTE: Even in today’s automated age, it doesn’t hurt to check your tire pressure with a gauge. A regularly scheduled tire inspection that involves checking and correcting air pressure and inspecting overall tire condition should take place weekly.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 12V493000

Mercedes-Benz Recall Campaign Number:

Vehicles Affected: Certain 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 and GLK350 4-Matic vehicles, manufactured from May 31, 2012 through August 2, 2012. Approximately 218 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: Excessive voltage in the parking lamps electrical circuit renders some vehicles non-compliant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108 under the heading of “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Concern: The higher level of illumination could cause excessive glare for oncoming traffic and result in a motor vehicle crash.

Correction: Mercedes-Benz will contact owners with specific instructions for having the Electronic Control Unit recalibrated in order to rectify the situation, free of charge. This recall si expected to begin in September 2014 and you may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.

NOTE: If you feel that your vehicle is affected by the conditions of this recall avoid bulb replacement of any type until the recalibration is performed.

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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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