Mercedes-Benz Orders Two Recalls, Both For Risk of Fires

Mercedes-Benz recalls E350, E350 4Matic and s550 Hybrid cars to prevent fires.

Mercedes-Benz Orders Two Recalls, Both For Risk of Fires

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— Mercedes-Benz has issued two recalls involving about 860 cars, most to fix possible gas leaks that could cause a fire.

Mercedes-Benz E350 and E350 4Matic

Mercedes says 809 model year 2014 E350 and E350 4Matic sedans were built with a fuel line made with a single flare fitting instead of a double flare fitting. The automaker says the wrong fitting can cause problems with the connection between the gas hose and the fuel feed line.

In addition to a possible leak at that location, the connection could fully detach. A gas leak could cause a fire if the gas contacts an ignition source, but a disconnected line could cause a fire or the car to stall.

Mercedes-Benz says the recalled E350 and E350 4Matic sedans were manufactured June 4, 2014, to July 9, 2014.

The recall should begin in January 2016, when dealers will install the correct fuel line. Owners of the Mercedes-Benz E350 and E350 4Matic can contact the automaker at 800-367-6372.

Mercedes-Benz S550 Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz says about 52 model year 2015 S550 Hybrid cars can mistakenly shift into "park." The car is equipped with a high-voltage onboard charger that wasn't manufactured properly.

The automaker says the circuit board in the high-voltage onboard charger might not have been manufactured according to specifications. In the event of an electrical circuit board malfunction, the charging function for an external charging cable might not be available. Furthermore, the high-voltage onboard charger might incorrectly detect a charging cable, even while the car is driven.

If the car detects a charging cable, the vehicle will put the transmission in "park," whether the car is parked or moving. If the car is traveling under 3 mph, the transmission will engage the parking lock function which will immediately stop the car.

A driver should see a message in the instrument panel if the problem occurs.

Mercedes says the recalled cars were built April 24, 2015, to June 12, 2015.

As in the other recall, this one should begin in January 2016. Mercedes dealers will replace the onboard charger, but with questions, call the automaker at 800-367-6372.