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Will recall of one million Mercedes-Benz cars include UAE?

Potentially faulty fuse can overheat and start fires, automaker confirms

Dubai: The distributors of Mercedes-Benz are alerting car owners in the region about the global recall of recently purchased vehicles.

German company Daimler AG confirmed to Gulf News on Monday that cars are being recalled globally which, according to reports, could affect one million units.The issue stems from a potentially faulty fuse that can overheat and start fires.

“All affected customers in our region are currently being informed by the general distributors of Mercedes-Benz,” the automaker said in a statement.

A total of one million newer models of Mercedes-Benz are being recalled globally after a defective fuse has been linked to 51 fire incidents. More than 300,000 vehicles in the United States alone are impacted by the recall.

The spokesperson said the affected vehicles need to be taken to the dealer so that the issue can be fixed. The procedure will take about an hour.

“The necessary work to install an additional fuse will be carried out by Daimler AG during a one-hour workshop visit at no cost to the customer,” the company said.

The affected Mercedes-Benz models include certain A-Class (176 platform), B-Class (242/246 platform), CLA (117 platform), GLA (156 platform), C-Class (205 platform), E-Class (213 platform) and GLC (253 platform) vehicles.

“[On these vehicles] the starting current limiter could be overloaded under certain conditions during the starting procedure. In case the starter would be blocked due to a previously occurred damage (for instance, hydrolocked engine), a very high electric current would flow through the starting current limiter during the following start attempt,” Daimler explained.

“Should the driver attempt to start the engine repeatedly despite the engine not cranking, the very high electric current might lead to overheating of the starting current limiter.”

The company could not say how many cars in the region are included in the worldwide recall.

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