Mercedes-Benz is recalling around 284,000 C-class sedans in the United States and Canada due to faulty electrical connection that could make the taillights dim or fail. According to the carmaker and documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administratio, Mercedes is recalling certain C300, C350 and C63 sedans covering 2008-2011 model years as a poor electrical ground connection that might cause their taillights to dim or fail, increasing the risk of a crash.
Around 252,867 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the US, according to the NHTSA documents. A spokesman for Daimler stated that the rest were sold in Canada, adding that the carmaker has no knowledge of any crashes or injuries related to the issue.
Mercedes received in 2009 five field reports wherein a loss of tail lamp was blamed to loss of electrical connection, although at the time the cause was unknown and was labeled for further study, according to the NHTSA documents. In 2013, the agency launched a probe into the issue, with Mercedes provided information in response in October.
NHTSA asked for more information in March 2014. Mercedes parent Daimler AG decided to issue the recall to prepare for its response. As part of the recall, Mercedes dealers will replace the bulb holders if not still updated and will replace any corroded connectors, NHTSA remarked.
Since replacement parts are not yet available, Mercedes will send in June an interim notification and later a second letter when the parts are available, which is expected around August or September.