Mercedes Benz is recalling around 1 million cars worldwide due to a starter part that can overheat and cause vehicles to catch fire. In UK alone, that’s around 75,000 units and the U.S. accounts for nearly 308,000 of the recalled vehicles.
According to Autocar, the component has caused 51 fires worldwide, with 30 of them occurring in the United States. Luckily there has been no reported injuries due to the fire.
What’s causing these fires is a current limiter in the starter motor which can overheat and melt other parts if a driver repeatedly attempts to start a car which won't turn over. Affected vehicles includes certain C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs, all from 2015 through 2017.
Rectifying the problem requires the installation of a new fuse, but replacement parts probably won’t be available until July. The installation should only take a dealer 1 hour to preform and it’ll be free of charge.
Until then, owners will be notified this month if their car is affected and they will be advised to contact their dealerships to have an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter installed as a precaution whilst waiting for the needed part.
Additionally, any affected vehicles sitting at dealerships won’t be sold until they can be outfitted with a new fuse.