Mercedes-Benz is recalling almost 150,000 sedans and station wagons to repair a problem with a seal on the engine compartment that could spark a fire. The recall is mostly for E350 and CLS sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years. Mercedes recalled another 150,000 cars in Europe and China because of the same problem.
According to Mercedes, a rubber seal in the back of the engine bay, which is designed to reduce noise, can stick to the hood when it opens. It then may drop into the engine compartment, and could catch on fire if it touches the exhaust system. The recall will begin next month. Dealers will send notifications to car owners who have the affected models. Customers can take their cars to dealers, who will attach four retaining clips to the seal to ensure that it doesn’t fall into the engine compartment.
It’s unclear if there have been any fires in any cars to date. In recent months, car manufacturers have been more willing to issue recalls for issues with automobiles than in years past. This is in part because of the negative publicity some automakers have been faced with after it’s been uncovered that the automaker knew there were serious issues with its vehicles for years and covered up the problem. GM is the most recent automaker which has been accused of behaving badly – it allegedly knew of problems with its defective ignition switches for many years, but refused to issue a recall, resulting in at least 51 deaths, and many more injuries.
If you or a loved one has been harmed in an accident because of a mechanical defect with the car, you may have the legal right to compensation from the automobile manufacturer. Call the product liability attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119, or visit us on Google Plus. We provide our clients with free consultations, and do not get paid until we get compensation for you.