Mercedes-Benz is recalling thousands of luxury sedans over oil leak risks. According to the firm, the vehicles come with plugs that might fail to secure engine oil, exposing the vehicles to fire and accident risks.
The recall impacts nearly 10,000 2018 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-Maybach S560 luxury sedans fitted with 4.0-liter V-8 engines.
The firm states that built into these engines are oil plugs that may not withstand high engine loads while the vehicle is in motion. In this case, the loosened plug will lead to an engine oil leak.
If the oil leaks onto the ground, it will cause slippery road conditions, increasing the risk of an accident. However, that isn’t the only dangerous scenario.
The engine may also run out of oil and cause an engine stall, or the oil may be exposed to an ignition source, increasing the risk of a fire. All scenarios increase the risk of an accident, the firm added.
The firm will contact impacted vehicle owners on May 19. Until then, auto safety regulators are urging drivers to contact the automaker if they have questions or concerns.
Once you can schedule a visit to a local dealer, the engine oil plugs should be replaced for free.
We hope that all impacted vehicles are fixed promptly to avoid potential complications tied to an oil leak. Too often, automakers launch recalls after accidents and injuries are reported. Thankfully, this isn’t the case.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles and you experience an oil leak-related incident, contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to report it. You should also report the incident to Mercedes-Benz by calling 800-367-6372.
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