Daimler to Recall Almost 300,000 Cars Because of Fire Hazard
An employee selects a Mercedes-Benz AG trident logo before affixing to a Mercedes-Benz A-Class automobile, manufactured by Daimler AG, on the assembly line at the premium automaker’s factory in Rastatt, Germany. (Photographer: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg)

Daimler to Recall Almost 300,000 Cars Because of Fire Hazard

(Bloomberg) -- Daimler AG is recalling almost 300,000 of its Mercedes-Benz cars because of fire hazards.

Some E-Class and CLS diesel vehicles built between 2015 and 2019 are being brought back to the repair shop over concerns that moisture seeping into the busbar could result in a fire, according to a filing from Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority.

Making the adjustments to the busbar and the electrical wiring will take about 1 hour per car, Koert Groeneveld, a spokesman for Daimler, said in an emailed response to questions on Friday. Of the about 298,000 vehicles affected globally, some 105,000 are on the road in Germany.

Daimler has had a string of recent production issues.

  • Last month in the U.S., the company said it would call back about 745,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles from its C-, CLK-, CLS- and E-Class lines sold between 2001 and 2011 because of concerns about faulty sunroofs.
  • In June, German regulators ordered a recall of about 40,000 Mercedes-Benz GLK SUVs over emissions software.
  • And last May, Mercedes-Benz said it plans to recall more than 571,000 cars in China over a shock absorber problem.

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