Mercedes-Benz Reports 3 Dozen Vehicle Fires in U.S.

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Mercedes-Benz is recalling 1 million newer model vehicles worldwide because some of them can catch on fire. The recall involves 308,000 models in the US. Impacted models include certain 2015-2017 model year C-, E-Class and CLA vehicles, plus GLA and GLC SUVs.

The recall follows 35 reported fires in the U.S. and 51 fires worldwide. Mercedes-Benz says there are no reports of any deaths or injuries.

The automaker says the problem is a potentially faulty fuse that can cause an electrical fire in certain unique circumstances.   Specifically, if the car is stranded in a significant amount of standing water and the engine stalls, and can’t be restarted on the first try, it could overheat. The automaker started investigating the problem last June.

If you’re an owner, expect to get a notice about the problem in the next 60 days.  Dealers will switch out a part but it will be mid-summer before one is available.

Mercedes will hold any recalled models still on dealer lots until the fuse can be replaced.

The recall also involves about 700,000 vehicles abroad.

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