These Mercedes-Benz Cars Could Lose Power on the Road
Some 80,000 Mercedes-Benz cars are at risk of losing power unexpectedly, the German automaker recently told regulators in the U.S.
Mercedes-Benz is calling back the vehicles, citing a fuel pump defect, it said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Specifically, the company said a subcontractor provided shoddy material for certain fuel pump impellers.
“The impeller might deform and come into contact with the fuel pump housing, leading to a mechanical resistance,” Mercedes-Benz said in a defect notice filed with NHTSA. “In some instances, this could lead to a shutdown of the fuel pump. As a result, the vehicle could lose propulsion, which could increase the risk of crash or injury.”
The recall covers certain 2021-2024 GLE/GLS, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, SL, E-Class, Coupe/Convertible, GLC, CLS, AMG GT 4-doors Coupe and G-Class vehicles.
The automaker plans to notify owners of recalled cars via mail by February 13. It will ask owners to bring their vehicles to authorized service providers fuel delivery modules replaced.
In the meantime, owners can check the NHTSA website to see if their vehicles are included in the recall. They should also be aware of possible signs of fuel pump problems and shutdowns.
“Before the fuel pump is switched off, the driver may be made aware of a malfunction by a warning message in the instrument cluster and might notice the engine running rough,” the company said in the defect notice.
California Mercedes-Benz Owners’ Legal Rights
These kinds of recalls are old hat for major car manufacturers, who call back millions of vehicles every single year. The moves often cite serious defects that put everyone on the road at risk.
Fortunately, car owners in California do not have to wait around for a recall in order to get defective vehicles fixed. You have some valuable rights and protections under the California lemon law.
The lemon law forces automakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also requires those companies to buy back vehicles that they cannot or will not fix. That includes covering the purchase price, financing fees and other related expenses.
The lemon law additionally permits automakers to instead offer to replace the vehicle. It is up to the owner, however, to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replacement obligation kicks in. An experienced California lemon law attorney can guide you through the process, build the strongest possible claim and keep you apprised of your rights and options every step of the way.
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