Mercedes-Benz USA Recalls C-Class W204 For Taillights Problem

If you ever thought that the severe lack of turn signal use on some Mercedes-Benz cars was because of the drivers behind the wheel, you may want to rethink that conclusion.
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Apparently, no less than 252,867 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models sold in the US and approximately 31,000 cars sold in Canada and built between 2007 and 2011 could be affected by a problem with the taillights, a fact which has forced Mercedes-Benz to issue a recall.

For the Mercedes-Benz connoisseurs out there, the affected cars consist exclusively of the C-Class W204 pre-facelift model, with the taillights using regular light bulbs instead of LED.

Since we are only talking about North American models, the only versions with problematic taillights are the C 300, C 300 4Matic, C 350 and C 63 AMG – all manufactured between January 26, 2007, through July 13, 2011. It is unknown at this time if other models from other markets will be affected by the recall.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the contact between the tail lamp bulb carrier and the tail lamp connector hay deteriorate in some cars, leading to anything from a dimmed taillight to, in worst cases, a complete loss of the tail lamp functions.

Obviously, the onboard computer would inform the driver with a warning message in the instrument cluster if such a thing occurs, and despite the severity of the problem it seems that “no accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported as a consequence to these problems.

Any corroded connectors or bulb carriers will be replaced by Mercedes-Benz after owners get notified and scheduled for service in June, August and September.

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