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Mercedes to recall about 150,000 Cars for Engine Fire Risk

Mercedes Benz announced the recall of about 150,000 vehicles in the United States. The famous car maker revealed that the recall was issued linked to an engine fire risk. In the new recall are included mid-size sedans and station wagons, models between 2013 and 2015. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also revealed that the cars have a rubber seal in the engine compartment that can fall onto the exhaust system, increasing the risk of a fire. The car maker revealed that car owners will be notified of the recall in the following days. They will have to bring their vehicles in for the needed repairs starting with mid-March. Naturally, all changes will be made free of costs for car owners. 

This is not the only recall that Mercedes has announced in the past month. In fact, the popular car maker has recalled another almost 150,000 vehicles in Europe and China, for a similar problem. The company claimed to not be aware of any accidents caused by the defect. Of course, the recalls that Mercedes-Benz announced now cannot be compared with the recalls revealed by General Motors. The famous company has recalled millions of cars linked to various defects, although most recalls were issued in connection with the defective ignition switches that were associated to a number of deaths. 

So, the number of recalled vehicles is not that big compared to other recalls announced on the automotive market. This is why analysts claim that most likely this recall will have no impact on the sale of the company’s cars or on its stock price. On the other hand, Mercedes has recalled its vehicles as soon as finding out that something may be wrong, before any accidents were caused by the issue. Mercedes has built for itself quite a powerful reputation of a company that puts quality first. And of course, many other car makers have recalled various vehicles for many defects. 

For instance, only last month, Jaguar Land Rover North America has recalled a number of vehicles to fix a defect of its software that could finally disable the passenger-side airbag, not recognizing a lightweight adult seating on the front seat.  Jaguar also recalled 20 million vehicles due to the faulty airbags manufactured by Takata Corp. 

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