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Fire Risk Prompts Another Mercedes EQS Recall

» Posted March 30, 2022Resources | Share This Post

Mercedes-Benz has announced two new recalls of the 2022 EQS, the company’s flagship electric vehicle that hit the U.S. last year.

The company is calling back some 24 cars over fire risks, Mercedes recently to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It said faulty connections could cause fires in recalled vehicles.

“A ground connection on the front-left longitudinal member, as well as the potential equalization for the electric auxiliary heater in the motor compartment, might not have been secured according to current production specifications,” Mercedes told NHTSA in a defect report. “An incorrectly bolted ground connection could result in an increased electrical resistance at the connection.”

That’s potentially serious trouble for anyone traveling in an EQS, as well as others on the road nearby.

“The combination of potentially high electrical currents flowing through this connection and an increased electrical resistance could increase the risk of fire,” Mercedes continued. “The driver will not receive a warning due to the nature of the failure mechanism.”

The company said it plans to notify owners of the recall by the end of April.

Meanwhile, Mercedes also recently announced that it is recalling another five 2022 EQS sedans over a rear lighting defect. The company said a software glitch was to blame.

“This condition might affect the function of the rear turn signal, rear hazard warning lamps, as well as the reversing lamp, which could increase the risk of a crash,” Mercedes told NHTSA in a defect notice.

The company said it would inform the owners of recalled cars by May 17.

Defective Vehicle? Know Your California Lemon Law Rights

Sadly, these kinds of recalls are fairly common for Mercedes and other major vehicle manufacturers around the globe. Automakers call back millions of cars every year, citing a wide range of defects that often pose serious safety risks.

Mercedes-Benz announced over the summer, for example, that it was recalling nearly 350,000 vehicles over a software snafu that is said could cause backup camera screens to go blank and increase the risk of a crash. The recall came roughly three months after the company called back approximately 1.3 million vehicles over faulty emergency alert systems.

There is good news for Mercedes-Benz and other car owners in California. The state’s lemon law gives you the power to take action, instead of waiting for your car to be recalled.

The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires auto manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in some cases) vehicles that they cannot or will not fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, financing fees and other related expenses.

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If you are stuck with a lemon or locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over repairs, the San Diego lemon law attorneys at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help. 

Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a San Diego lemon law attorney.

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