Recall Roundup: Mercedes, VW Issue Recalls
By Jeff Youngs, November 17, 2014
During the past week, Mercedes-Benz USA and Volkswagen Group issued recalls affecting a total of 10,902 vehicles. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C300, C400
Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) is recalling a total of 10,509 model-year 2015 C300 4Matic and C400 4Matic vehicles manufactured March 28, 2014, to September 18, 2014. If the steering coupling interlock mechanism is not locked in place, the sliding shaft, which is part of the steering column, could become disengaged from the steering coupling socket due to vibrations, steering thrust, or load feedback from the road surface. If the sliding shaft becomes disengaged from the steering coupling socket, the driver may experience noises, steering backlash, and in a worst case, loss of steering control.
Mercedes has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the steering coupling interlock mechanism to verify that it is in the locked position, free of charge. The recall began on October 1, 2014. Owners may contact Mercedes customer service at 1-800-367-6372. The manufacturer's number for this recall is 2014090008; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V598000.
2015 Volkswagen Jetta
2015 Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) is recalling 393 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Jetta and Passat vehicles manufactured September 23, 2014, to October 9, 2014, and equipped with manual front seatback recliners. In the affected vehicles, the seatback recliner retaining bracket may not engage correctly, resulting in unexpected movement of the seatback.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the assembly of the seatback recliner retaining bracket, correcting it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-893-5298. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 72F1; owners may also refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V670000.