Mercedes-Benz is to recall up to 75,000 cars in the UK because a starter part may overheat and cause fires.
The recall includes certain A, B, C and E-Class models as well as CLA, GLA and GLC cars.
The German premium brand has disclosed that there have been 51 cases of fires globally, with around 30 in the United States. The company has no reports of any injuries, however – and no details of any incidents including fires in the UK.
It is thought that if the engine and transmission will not turn over for some reason, a current limiter in the starter motor can overheat from repeated attempts to start the vehicles. This results in the current limiter overheating and melting nearby parts.
Mercedes began investigating the problem in June 2016 after getting field reports of ‘thermally damaged’ current limiters.
A Mercedes-Benz spokesman for the UK disclosed that the recall has yet to be issued, but reports earlier today indicated that owners would be notified this month and again when replacement parts are available in July.
The manufacturer said: ‘There are potentially 75,000 cars in the UK which will be affected by the recall. This is a recall which has yet to be issued.’
It ‘couldn’t comment’ on whether any UK owners had actually been affected by the issue.
In a statement, Mercedes-Benz explained: ‘Daimler AG [Mercedes’ parent company] has discovered that on certain A-/B-/C-/E-Class as well as CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles, the starting current limiter could overload under unique conditions during the starting procedure.
‘In situations where the vehicle’s engine is damaged and cannot crank (e.g. when the engine has hydro locked), and the customer repeatedly attempts to start the vehicle, a very high electric current can flow through the starting current limiter causing it to overheat.’