Mercedes-Benz Recalls Nearly 150,000 Sedans Because Fires Aren’t Part Of The Driving Experience

There are a number of places you might expect to see a fire: camping, in the fireplace on a cold night. But one place you don’t want to experience a blaze is in your car’s engine. For that reason Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 150,000 sedans and station wagons.

According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notice [PDF], Mercedes issued a recall of 147,224 model year 2013 to 2015 CLS-class sedans and E-class sedans and station wagons because of an increased risk of fire.

The company reports that the vehicles have a rubber seal in the engine compartment that can fall onto the exhaust system when the car’s hood is closed.

If the rubber seal falls into the engine compartment, it may contact parts of the exhaust system creating an increased likelihood of fire.

Mercedes will notify owners of affected vehicles in March and dealers will attach four additional retaining clips to the rubber seal to ensure it stays in place.

In all, the recall covers the following vehicles: E350 sedan, E350 4Matic sedan, E350 4Matic station wagon, E400 Hybrid sedan, CLS 550 CGI, and CLS550 4Matic,; model year 2013-2014 E550 4Matic sedan, model year 2013 E63 sedan, E63 station wagon and CLS63; 2014-2015 CLS63 4Matic, E63 4Matic sedan, E63 4Matic sedan “S”, and E63 4Matic station wagon; 2015 CLS400, 2015 E400 sedan, E400 4Matic sedan and CLS400 4Matic and 2014 CLS63 “S”.

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