Recall Roundup: Mercedes-Benz, Ford

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Two separate recalls from Mercedes-Benz this week. They involve the 2015 S550 Hybrid and 2014 E350.


The largest recall involves the E350 and E350 4MATIC over fire risk. It involves 809 vehicles built between June 4, 2014 and July 9, 2014. Mercedes needs to fix a faulty fuel feed line. It has a single protective flare fitting instead of a double one. The issue can allow fuel to leak, potentially causing a fire or engine stall while driving.

Approximately 52 hybrid S-Class hybrid sedans may have a faulty on-board high voltage charger.  The automaker says it may not be up to specification due to a bad batch of electrical connections from a sub-supplier.  Because of this, the charging function for the plug-in feature of the hybrid system might not work correctly and falsely detect a charging cable inserted in the particular port, even while the car is being driven. If that happens. safety systems can mistakenly activate and shift the vehicle into park when stopped or traveling at a low speed, increasing the risk of a crash.


Service technicians will install a new onboard charging system in the S550 Hybrid, while the E350 will receive a correct fuel line. Both repair programs are expected to begin in January.

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Ford issued 4 separate recalls this week. They involve the 2003-2005 Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis, the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew, F-650, F-750 and the 2015 Transit.


The largest program involves 313,000 2003-2005 Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles. They are being recalled for a headlight problem. A bad solder joint can cause the lights to completely fail, increasing the risk of a crash at night. Ford reports that 11 accidents and one minor injury are linked to the defect.  Service technicians will install a new lighting control module to prevent further problems.

The issue with the 2015 F-150 SuperCrew pickups involves seatbelts. Ford will replace the front seatbelt retractor and pretensioner assemblies. The safety belt assembly could have improperly secured cables, and might not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash.

177 F-650 and F-750 work trucks from the 2016 model year are being recalled due to a brake problem. They could experience brake failure if the air brake hoses contact the rear axle housing during operation. Ford will replace the rear brake chamber at no charge. Dealers also will inspect the vehicle brakes and parking brake air lines for damage, and replace them as needed.

The 2015 Transit recall involves the rear axle shaft. The original parts may be prone to fracture, either causing loss of power while underway or rollaways when parked. Dealers will replace both rear axle shafts at no cost.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the F-Series or Transit defects.

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