A fire hazard has prompted Mercedes-Benz to issue a recall for more than 6,700 C-Class models in the United States.
A recall notice reveals that water can enter a specific part of the trunk of 2022 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models. If it does, moisture can enter the signal acquisition and activation module, potentially triggering a short circuit and increasing the risk of fire.
A short circuit can also trigger other problems. For example, the luxury sedan’s rear exterior light may fail, the rear seatbacks may fold unintentionally, and the rearview camera may not work properly, increasing the risk of collision and injury.
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Owners of affected vehicles may receive a warning depending on which function moisture may affect.
Involved in the recall are a total of 6,752 C300 models that were produced between June 24, 2021 and May 13, 2022.
Mercedes-Benz was first made aware of potential water ingress issues shortly after the 2022 C-Class was introduced in the United States on May 6, 2022. During investigations, the German automaker discovered that opening the trunk while wet could cause water to drip down in the trunk and that this water could come into contact with SAM. Mercedes-Benz is aware of 42 warranty claims in the US market received from May 17, 2022 to August 23, 2022 regarding the issue, but is not aware of any crashes, injuries, and third-party damages triggered by the defect.
Affected owners will be notified before November 11, 2022 and instructed to bring their vehicle to their nearest dealer where a cover will be fitted over the SAM.