A recall is what happens when a manufacturer calls a number of vehicles in for a free repair of manufacturing defects. All cars are required to adhere to certain national safety standards, but, sometimes, vehicles aren’t built the way they’re intended to be. And when cars come off the assembly line with defective parts or errors, they can put the safety of consumers at risk.
When recalls are made, they’re usually done by the model, year, and Vehicle Identification (VIN) number of the cars that have the problems. And recalls are usually either issued by the manufacturer, or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after they’ve conducted an investigation. But no matter who makes the case for a recall, the manufacturer will always replace any defective parts at no cost to you.
No matter how good a manufacturer’s reputation is, they’re just as susceptible to making cars that have defects or issues. Even a luxury automaker like Mercedes-Benz isn’t immune to selling cars with minor, and sometimes major, issues. In fact, most models from the German manufacturer have been called back under a recall at one point or another, from their B-Class to Sprinter series.
The manufacturer has had several issues with airbags over the years, but recalls have also been made for fuel leaks, seatbelt anchors, fire risks, lighting and more. Although some of these issues (such as interior and exterior lighting) don’t pose a serious threat to drivers and passengers, other problems like fuel leaks and fire risks put the safety of Mercedes owners at risk when they get behind the wheel.
Below, you’ll find a list of five recent Mercedes-Benz recalls from the U.S. and worldwide. To see if your vehicle was affected by any of these recalls, we encourage you to visit the Mercedes-Benz website or the NHTSA website to read about recent recall information and learn about the necessary next steps for getting your vehicle fixed.
- More than 9,000 2018 GLE and GLS SUVs were recalled for an issue that could cause the rear brakes to not fully engage.
- An issue with the incorrect bonding of the rear window led to a recall of several C300, C300 4MATIC, C63 AMG and C63S AMG vehicles.
- Around 10,800 Mercedes-Benz C300 and C300 4MATIC, C43 AMG, C63 and C63S vehicles were recalled due to a bonding issue that could cause the rear beltline trim to fall off.
- Mercedes-Benz recalled four 2018 GLE350, GLE350 4MATIC and GLE43 AMG vehicles due to issues with the panoramic sunroof.
- Like most other manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz was also affected by the Takata airbag recalls on several of their models.