Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Science | By Kerry Wheeler

Mercedes-Benz Recalling 1 Million Cars Due to Fire Risk

Mercedes-Benz Recalling 1 Million Cars Due to Fire Risk

Reuters said that, of the 51 fires involving Mercedes-Benz cars, 30 were reported in the US.

Of the 1 million vehicles, 307,629 are in the United States.

The summons affects newer models of Mercedes-Benz, including those from the year 2017. In the most extreme of cases, doing that can cause the current limiter to overheat the starter motor, a condition that can melt nearby parts.

A possibly faulty fuse has led to the upcoming recall of a million Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Daimler has announced.

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Mercedes began investigating the problem last June after getting field reports of "thermally damaged" current limiters. The models have a defective "current limiter", or fuse, according to the carmaker's US regulatory disclosure. The company has no reports of any injuries, however - and no details of any incidents including fires in the UK.

Mercedes owners will be notified later this month if their auto is affected, and again when replacement parts are available, which is anticipated to be July. It isn't clear exactly when dealerships will start accepting vehicles for fix, though it sounds like it may kick off in July when the parts are supposed to be available. As well, all existing affected Mercedes-Benz vehicles in dealerships will be fixed before being sold.

Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant in Germany is the biggest employer in the region, with a workforce of around 6.500 employees.

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