Mercedes-Benz Auto Recalls and Defects
Mercedes-Benz is a German auto manufacturer and one of the leading producers of luxury-brand vehicles around the world. The company prides itself on providing “premium” vehicles, the cutting edge of luxury and technology. Unfortunately, their technology often looks great but works poorly, causing serious problems for drivers relying on their vehicles for safety and survival.
Below, we’ve compiled details on a number of Mercedes-Benz recalls issued over the last year. If you own any of the affected models or suspect your Mercedes-Benz might be subject to a recall, check your vehicle identification number on the Mercedes-Benz website or the NHTSA database. If you bought or leased a Mercedes-Benz and discovered a significant defect, if your Mercedes-Benz auto is subject to a recall, or if you were injured due to a defective Mercedes-Benz vehicle, you have important legal rights. The Lemon Law attorney at Nita Lemon Law Firm is ready to help.
2019-2023 AMG E53, E450, AMG E53, AMG GT53, CLS540, AMG CLS53: Electrical Fire
In August 2022, Mercedes-Benz issued a recall of more than 27,000 sedans, coupes, and convertibles in light of a fire risk. Defective models were manufactured with a misrouted wiring harness that allows for water exposure, which can corrode and short-circuit the wiring. Corrosion and short-circuiting can lead to a fire. Drivers who notice the yellow “battery” warning light or the “4Matic malfunction” warning message displayed in the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel may be driving a defective vehicle. The company identified 49 warranty claims from February 2019 through March 2022, including two reported fires.
The recall affects the following makes and models: 2021 through 2023 AMG GT 43 sedan; 2021 through 2023 E 450 convertible, wagon, and coupe; 2019 through 2023 AMG E 53 sedan, coupe, and convertible; 2019 through 2023 AMG GT 53 and CLS 450 sedans; and 2019 through 2021 AMG CLS 53 sedan. Owners should receive notice by late September 2022.
2021 S-Class and 2022 EQS: Signal and Light Defects
Mercedes-Benz USA issued a recall covering over 9,000 vehicles with a dangerous software defect. According to the recall notice, the covered vehicles–2022 EQS 450, EQS 580, and 2021 S500 and S580–may have a software error that can disable the rear turn signals, hazard lights, and reverse lights. Drivers who attempt to use their turn signal or reverse will not be notifying other drivers of their intentions, increasing the risk of a serious accident.
2022 AMG EQS53, EQS580, EQS450, 2021 S500, S580, and Maybach S580: Rearview Camera
Mercedes-Benz USA recently issued a recall of around 8,500 model year 2022 vehicles after the company identified a problem with the rearview cameras. The camera might not display the rearview image due to an error with the software, in violation of federal motor safety regulations. Dealers will update the software for free. Owners will be mailed notification letters on September 9, 2022.
2018-2021 CLA-Class, GLE/GLS-Class, A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, E-Class Coupe/Convertible, GLA/GLB-Class, GLC-Class, CLS-Class, and EQC-Class: Rearview Camera
Mercedes-Benz USA previously issued a massive recall of over a hundred thousand vehicles due to similar rearview camera software issues. The April 2022 recall covered 2018-2021 CLA-Class, GLE/GLS-Class, A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, E-Class Coupe/Convertible, GLA/GLB-Class, GLC-Class, CLS-Class, and EQC-Class vehicle. Owners should have received notification via mail in June and July.
2004-2015 M-Class, G-Class, R-Class Luxury Minivans: Defective Brakes
In June 2022, Mercedes-Benz issued a recall of nearly one million older vehicles because of a braking system defect. The recall, spurred by Germany’s federal transport authorities, affects model years 2004 through 2015 of the SUV series ML and GL, and the R-Class luxury minivan. A total of 993,407 vehicles worldwide are subject to the recall.
According to the automaker, corrosion on the brake booster can interrupt the connection between the brake pedal and the braking system. The problem can be triggered by especially strong or hard braking when corrosion is present. Severing the connection can cause the service brake to fail, preventing the driver from slowing or stopping the vehicle while in motion–greatly increasing the risk of a crash.
If Your Mercedes Is Defective, Nita Lemon Law Is Here for You
If you bought or leased a defective Mercedes-Benz sedan, SUV, or coupe, whether luxury or standard, you have the right to get the product you paid for or get your money back. If you or someone you care about was hurt because of a dangerously defective product, you have the right to seek compensation, and the power to seek justice. The California Lemon Law team at Nita Lemon Law Firm is ready to help.