Luxury-carmaker Mercedes-Benz said it will soon start sending letters to around 5,800 owners of eight different models in the United States to inform them of a new recall action to fix a problem that could cause a fuel leak and possibly lead to a fire.
In a listing on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Mercedes said the recall affects certain 2011 and 2012 model year cars manufactured from April 18, 2011, through July 12, 2011.
These include the following models: S400, S550, S550 4Matic, S63 AMG, C300, C300 4Matic, E350, GLK350, GLK350 4Matic, CL550 4Matic, and CL63 AMG
“Due to an irregularity stemming from the molding process of the fuel filter flange, the fuel filter flange may crack when operated in high temperatures,” said the German company in the document. “If the fuel filter flange cracks, it will leak fuel which may lead to a fire if an external ignition source in present.”
Mercedes-Benz will solve the issue by replacing fuel filter, free of charge, with the recall campaign to begin in January 2013.