One of the most well-known and established automakers in the world is issuing a recall due to leaky fuel filters. Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for nearly 2,300 vehicles.
The recalled models include the 2011 E-Class, GL-Class, M-Class and R-Class.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles’ O-ring may not have been properly lubricated, which can cause fuel to spill out onto roads, causing unsafe conditions for other drivers. “Diesel fuel may be deposited on roads and making [sic] those roads slippery, increasing the potential for a crash,” according to news reports.
The recall applies to both gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, but because the issue affects the newer model vehicles, the recall is relatively small.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the fuel filters free of charge. Owners are urged to call their local dealer, or contact Mercedes-Benz at 800-367-6372.
As a car accident attorney, I’m glad to hear Mercedes-Benz caught the issue early before any injuries were reported. It is, however, worrisome that the problem is affecting brand new cars. I hope the manufacturer fixes the issue so a problem like this doesn’t occur again.