Recall Roundup: Mercedes Recalls More Than 350,000 Vehicles for Overheating Starter Component
During the past week, BMW of North America (BMW), General Motors (GM), and Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) issued recalls of light passenger vehicles. The largest recall comes from Mercedes, which is recalling 354,434 vehicles from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 model years.
Details for each safety recall are on the pages that follow, in alphabetical order by car brand.
2017 BMW 4 Series; 2017 BMW M4; 2017 Rolls-Royce Dawn
- Number of vehicles affected: 292
- Issue: BMW is recalling certain 2017 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, and M4 vehicles; and Rolls-Royce Dawn vehicles. The seat-mounted side air bag inflator initiators may fail to ignite during a crash.
- Remedy: BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag modules free of charge.
- Timing: The recall is expected to begin April 17, 2017. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
- NHTSA recall number: 17V115000
2017 Buick LaCrosse
- Number of vehicles affected: 2,085
- Issue: The electrical connectors for the electronic power steering (EPS) system may not be properly sealed. As a result, water may enter and corrode the connectors, possibly resulting in a loss of power steering.
- Remedy: GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect correct the seal seating and secure the EPS connector seals free of charge.
- Timing: The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300.
- Manufacturer recall number: 17085
- NHTSA recall number: 17V116000
2015-2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class; 2015-2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class; 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class; 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class; 2016-2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC
- Number of vehicles affected: 354,434
- Issue: The recall affects certain 2015-2017 C300 4Matic, C300, CLA250, CLA250 4Matic and CLA45 AMG vehicles; 2017 C300 4Matic Cabrio, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, E300, E300 4Matic, E400 4Matic Wagon, E43 AMG 4Matic, GLA250, GLA250 4Matic and GLC300 4Matic Coupe vehicles; and 2016 C350e and GLC300 vehicles and 2016-2017 C450 4Matic AMG Sport and GLC300 4Matic vehicles. If the engine or transmission cannot turn over, the starting current limiter may overheat from the repeated attempts of the starter motor to start the vehicle.
- Remedy: Mercedes will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional fuse in the electrical line to the starter free of charge.
- Timing: Parts to remedy the vehicles are not currently available. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning in late March 2017. Owners will be mailed a follow-up notice when remedy parts are available, currently expected to be in July 2017. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
- NHTSA recall number: 17V114000