Mercedes-Benz Recalls 85,000 Cars Due to Power Steering Issues

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just released a safety warning from Mercedes-Benz, according to which the German automaker is pulling off the market no less than 85,078 vehicles due to faulty power steering. The problem affects model year 2010-2011 vehicles sold in the United States.

The recall includes various 2010 C-Klasse and E-Klasse models, including the E-Klasse Coupe and Cabriolet models. There is also the possibility the recall could affect vehicles in other countries outside of the U.S. as well.

“Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2010 C-Klasse, model 204, E-Klasse, model 212, and model year 2010-2011 E-Klasse coupe/cabriolet model 207 vehicles. The power steering system in the subject vehicles may fail due to the loss of power steering fluid,” the safety notice posted on the NHTSA website stated.

The direct consequences of such a problem could lead to a loss of fluid in the steering system's pump, which could also increase the risk of a crash. The company plans to fix the problem in the affected models this month by re-tightening a faulty fitting.

“Owners may not have sufficient control of the vehicle in areas, such as parking lots, where maximum power steering is required, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.”

“Dealers will check and retorque the connection fitting free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2010. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.”

autoevolution has tested the Mercedes-Benz C200 CGI and the E 350 CDI Coupe models.
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