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Old 7th March 2017, 11:09   #1
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Mercedes-Benz has issued a global recall for replacing a faulty fuse in its cars. The malfunctioning fuse has reportedly caused 51 vehicle fires across the globe. The company claims that no injuries or deaths have been reported due to the fires. Mercedes will be replacing the faulty part at no extra cost to the customer. The recall process will begin in the United States from July this year. The company hasn’t mentioned the recall schedule for other countries yet.

This recall will affect around 10 lakh cars globally. A regulatory disclosure filed by the German luxury carmaker mentions that the models affected by the said recall will include the C-Class, E-Class, CLA, GLA and GLC; all manufactured in the period from February 1, 2014 to February 1, 2017. Mercedes has already implemented a fix in its production lines across the globe to avoid any more new cars getting the faulty part. Additionally, the company will also be adding an additional fuse to all cars that are currently lying at dealerships, before they are sold.

It is being reported that the risk of fire arises when a vehicle refuses to start. Repeated attempts to crank the engine can overheat the 'current limiter' (fuse), which can then melt nearby parts in the engine bay and thus pose a risk of fire.

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OT: it's always a good idea not to crank repeatedly to avoid over heating and draining the battery to death. Leave sufficient gap between successive crank attempts. If it doesn't start in 2-3 attempts, better to move to plan B (jump start, road side assistance).
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The malfunctioning fuse has reportedly caused 51 vehicle fires across the globe.
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The recall process will begin in the United States from July this year.
What!


An issue like this which has already caused 51 fires (and thankfully no deaths or injuries so far), and Mercedes is going to wait 4 months before starting the recall??

This sounds shockingly irresponsible and is surprising to hear!

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** 30/06/2017 EDIT **

Turns out that the 2 cars mentioned in my post below are actually the SAME car.

I stand corrected on that fact. There has only been 1 reported CLA fire in India.

My other sentiments on the issue remain unchanged.

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This sounds shockingly irresponsible and is surprising to hear!
Well, in 3 months there's already been 2 instances of CLAs catching fire in India reported on the forum...



Incident 1

Incident 2

This Jalopnik article says :

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The fires have been happening when the engine doesn’t start. When a limiter in the starter motor overheats from too many attempts to start, it can melt nearby parts.

Instead of being proactive about this, Mercedes is instead covering up by 'doing an Ambani' and offering a higher model car as an upgrade for the burnt one


Thankfully there's been no loss of life as yet... but that could just be luck.

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Mod Note: Thread moved to the Indian Car Scene as it now appears to affect Indian cars as well.
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