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Mercedes-Benz cars to be recalled due to potential fire risk

Around 75,000 Mercedes cars could be subject to recall in the UK according to reports

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6 March 2017

It has been reported that around 75,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in the UK could be affected by a worldwide recall due to a potential fire risk.
 
Daimler, who own Mercedes-Benz, have said that the issue affects certain A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs.
 
Reports say that an issue with some starter components may cause the cars to overheat under “unique conditions” where a driver repeatedly tries to start their car when the engine has already seized up. The issue affects cars made between 2015 and 2017.
 
There have been reports of 51 fires worldwide. There have been no injuries or deaths reported in relation to the issue.
 
The Telegraph reports that there have been six incidents of affected cars overheating in the UK and that Mercedes have reassured drivers that the cars are “perfectly safe” and that the issue will only affect cars in “extreme circumstances”.
 
It is expected that owners of the affected cars will be contacted by Mercedes in the coming weeks.
 
Jill Paterson, partner in Leigh Day’s consumer law and product safety team, said: “As it appears that a fire risk has been identified, we hope that a prompt and effective recall will now be undertaken by Mercedes to ensure the safety of drivers in the UK and worldwide.”

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