Mercedes-Benz recalls 284,000 C-Class over faulty electrical connection

Article by Christian A., on May 1, 2014

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.

By the spring of 2011, customers are likely to see that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class has undergone a complete redesign. With more than a million units sold, this new model has its front and rear sections display a more striking style. The front end in particular has been positioned nearer to the new design language of Mercedes-Benz. Aside from being made more expressive, the bumper in the front has a dynamic curve.

This allows it to support the radiator grille’s shape, one that is made more pronounced and that functions as the front’s central element. Forming as the visual base unit of the vehicle’s radiator grille is a central air intake which opens in an upward manner to form that V-shape. Extending from that athletic V-shape are the prominent side sections. Moving under the headlamps, the same sections are able to combine with the feature lines in order to form a link with the vehicle’s sides.

On the bumper, there are side air inlets placed low down resulting in the new C-Class’ road-hugging look. Mercedes-Benz disclosed that both the estate and the saloon versions will come with a bonnet composed of aluminum. The curve that is in the region that surrounds the headlamps combined with the radiator grille helps highlight the V-shape on the front compared to the previous models.

The brand has modified how the clear-lens headlamps are shaped in order to have a more resolute and dynamic feel. When combined with the bonnet, the radiator grille, and the bumper, this new C-Class gets to have a new appearance. Reinforcing this impression is the interior of the housings as well as the exterior shape of the vehicle’s headlamps. The precision of the headlamps, mixed in with how the high-gloss areas interplay with the matt ones, reveal their modernity.

Further, the halogen headlamps have been set in a classic way. Meaning the main beam is on the inside and on the outside is the high beam. The indicators meanwhile have been positioned in the outer corner, the one shaped by the front wing.

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