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Mercedes-Benz Recall: GLK and S-Class Affected

Mercedes-Benz may be a byword for luxury and performance, but there's no car without fault these days, not even from the company that made the first ever automobile. MB USA announced recently that 376 vehciles are being recalled over faults that haven't been related to any crashes or injuries.
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The first safety campaign covers 218 examples of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 and the GLK 350 4-Matic, vehicles that have been assembled between May 31st through August 2nd, 2012. The previously mentioned compact luxury crossover SUVs are believed to have voltage in the parking lamp circuit that exceeds the maximum value listed.

Excessive voltage in the parking lamp circuit will translate to higher illumination levels, which may cause glare to oncoming vehicles, blinding their drivers temporarily. This condition fails to conform to the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standard No. 108. Mercedes-Benz USA says it will notify owners of affected GLKs, while dealers will update the software of the electronic control unit that's to blame for this minor defect.

As for the second safety campaign, Mercedes is calling back certain S-Class models from the 2011 and 2012 model years, including the S 550, S 550 CGI, S 550 4-Matic and S 550 CGI 4-Matic, S 400 Hybrid, S 63 AMG, S 600 Bi-Turbo and S 65 AMG. 158 examples of the breed built between March 3rd through July 30th, 2011 have a glitch with the tire pressure monitoring system. Mercedes says that the system's indicators are prone to illuminate for a portion of the time required by the FMVSS Number 138.

Under certain conditions, the indicator may not re-illuminate immediately after the car is restarted as required. The German manufacturer explains that if all four wheel sensors in the subject vehicles are simultaneously malfunctioning, the car will provide an initial warning, but this warning will not repeat automatically every time you start the car, failing to remind the driver that the system is offline. MB will notify owners and affected vehicles will have the tire pressure monitoring unit reprogrammed.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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