Mercedes Recalls 1M Vehicles Due to Fire Risk

A starter part can overheat, causing fires
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 3, 2017 6:25 PM CST
1M Mercedes Vehicles Recalled Due to Fire Risk
The Mercedes Concept GLC Coupe is reflected besides a Mercedes star on the second press day of the Frankfurt Auto Show IAA Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. The car show runs through Sept. 27.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Mercedes is recalling about 1 million cars and SUVs worldwide because a starter part can overheat and cause fires, the AP reports. The recall covers certain C-Class, E-Class, and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs, all from 2015 through 2017, including nearly 308,000 in the US. The German automaker reported 51 fires worldwide, with about 30 in the US. The company has no reports of any injuries. Mercedes said in US government documents released Friday that if for some reason the engine and transmission won't turn over, a current limiter in the starter motor can overheat from repeated attempts to start the vehicles. That can cause the current limiter to overheat and melt nearby parts.

Mercedes began investigating the problem last June after getting field reports of "thermally damaged" current limiters. Owners will be notified this month and again when replacement parts are available in July. It will take about an hour for dealers to install another fuse to prevent the problem. The repair will be done free of charge. Also recalled Friday: soy nut butter that has been linked to 12 cases of E. coli and baby rattles that are a choking hazard. (More Mercedes-Benz stories.)

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