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25 Mercedes Benz Recalls in 2010


Risk Of Fire - Sprinter (2010)


Fault: A incorrect cable duct retaining bolt has been fitted. In the event of a crash the cable duct may detach at least partially from the engine. In this situation it is more likely that a short circuit of the unfastened starter/alternator line may occur.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the mounting bolt and fix the starter wiring in place.

Number of Recalls: 47


Reference Number: R/2009/151

Rear Vent Window Could Detach - Vito and Viano (2010)


Fault: It has been identified that the pane of the rear vent window could work loose from both of the front supports. As a result it is possible that the window could detach from the body and fall away.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have both rear vent windows replaced.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2005 to December 31 2006

Number of Recalls: 731


Reference Number: R/2009/142

Fire May Occur - Axor & Atego (2010)


Fault: On certain vehicles overheating may occur at the cab to heated windscreen wiring connector plug. If not addressed and under extreme circumstances a fire may occur.

Repair: Recall affected vehicles and replace the electrical connector of the heated windscreen.

Number of Recalls: 1081


Reference Number: R/2009/156

Directional Control May Be Affected - Unimog (2010)


Fault: It has been identified that on some vehicles the weld seams of the transverse control arms for the front and rear axles may be faulty at the transition between the bushing and the tube. Inasmuch as there may be only spot welds present instead of a continuous weld seam. In this condition the transverse control arms cannot fully absorb the forces which might occur which can lead to the weld breaking.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the subject control arms checked for weld completeness. The arms will be changed if found to be non compliant.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2008 to December 31 2008

Number of Recalls: 286


Reference Number: R/2010/014

Fire May Occur - Sprinter (2010)


Fault: It has been identified that the fleece filter insert of the engine oil separator may become obstructed with dirt particles. It is therefore possible that an increase in pressure within the crankcase may occur with the result that oil could escape onto hot engine parts. Should this occur a fire may ensue.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the original oil filter replaced with one of a cyclone type.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2006 to December 31 2008

Number of Recalls: 8058


Reference Number: R/2010/008

Risk Of Fire - Axor (2010)


Fault: It has been identified that heavy corrosion in the interior of the starter motor may develop following frequent starting procedures or very high mileages. As a result damage may occur to the starter wiring harness routed below the choke housing. This may result in a short circuit in the starter harness and the risk of a vehicle fire.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will be fitted with a protective cap at the rear of the choke housing.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2004 to December 31 2005

Number of Recalls: 1459


Reference Number: R/2010/021

Wheels May Detach - Axor (2010)


Fault: It has been identified that the wheel studs of Hendrickson axles fitted with 17.5 inch wheels were tightened to a torque which was higher than that specified. It is therefore possible that the wheel studs have stretched. In this condition the wheel may no longer be secure.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the subject wheel studs and nuts replaced.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2008 to December 31 2009

Number of Recalls: 30


Reference Number: R/2010/024

Fuel May Escape - AXOR (2010)


Fault: The engine fuel injector pipes may leak fuel as they do not conform to specification.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the fuel injector pipes with ones that do conform to specification.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2009 to December 31 2009

Number of Recalls: 197


Reference Number: R/2010/057

Possible Engine Fire - Axor (2010)


Fault: The positive battery wire to the starter might chafe against a bracket on the engine block. If not corrected it is possible that the insulation of the wire could chafed through the consequences being a short circuit and vehicle damage through fire.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to check the routing of the battery wire and correct the routing where necessary.

Number of Recalls: 30


Reference Number: R/2010/068

Seat Belt May Not Restrain Passenger - Sprinter (2010)


Fault: The seat belt mounting bolts in the areas of the "B" pillar and seat base have been found not to specification. In the event of an accident the restraint function of the seat belt may not be guaranteed.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to check and where necessary adjust the torque of the seat belt mounting bolts in question.

Number of Recalls: 72


Reference Number: R/2010/073

Incorrect Headlamp Fitted - Sprinter (2010)


Fault: It has been established that some vehicles may have been fitted with headlights that are dipping to the offside headlights not to the nearside.

Repair: Recall affected vehicles and replace headlights.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2006 to December 31 2008

Number of Recalls: 19


Reference Number: R/2010/112

Directional Control May Be Lost - Vario (2010)


Fault: It is possible that the polystop (Nylock) nut may become loose or detach due to an issue with the plastic retaining ring. Should this occur then detachment of the tie rod/track rod could occur which could result in the loss of directional control.

Repair: Recall the affected vehicles and replace polystop nut

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2010 to August 04 2010

Number of Recalls: 14


Reference Number: R/2010/113

Braking Efficiency May Be Affected - Actros (2010)


Fault: The mounting bolts of the brake disc on the trailing axle may not be to specification. This could result in a loss of clamping force on the disc and the loosing of the mounting bolts which can affect the permanent locking of the disc.

Repair: Recall the affected vehicles and instigate a new tightening procedure to address the concern.

Number of Recalls: 2


Reference Number: R/2010/115

Fire May Occur - Actros 930-934 & Axor 944 950.5 -954 (2010)


Fault: It has been established that due to insufficient crimping of the main battery cable lugs/terminals to the battery cable can cause a resistance between the cable and lug/terminal. This can result in either failure of the electrical system production of sparks or a short circuit which could cause a vehicle fire.

Repair: Recall the affected vehicles for a check of the crimping. If found to be out of specification re-crimp or solder the cable lug/terminal.

Number of Recalls: 33


Reference Number: R/2010/119

Fuel May Leak - A Class and B Class (2010)


Fault: It is possible on some fuel tanks that the vent pipe is not to specification. This can lead to a small leak into the charcoal canister and if not rectified can over a period of time result in a fuel leak.

Repair: Recall the affected vehicles and replace the fuel tank.

Number of Recalls: 147


Reference Number: R/2010/123

Oil May Leak - Sprinter (2010)


Fault: Oil may leak from the bottom of the engine oil filler neck. If not rectified this could lead to oil leaking onto the road surface and/or engine damage due to insufficient lubrication.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the engine oil filler neck.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2009 to December 31 2009

Number of Recalls: 148


Reference Number: R/2010/127

Oil May Leak - Vito and Viano (2010)


Fault: Oil may leak from the bottom of the engine oil filler neck. If not rectified this could lead to oil leaking onto the road surface and/or engine damage due to insufficient lubrication.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the engine oil filler neck.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2009 to December 31 2009

Number of Recalls: 260


Reference Number: R/2010/126

Fuel Tank May Leak - Atego (2010)


Fault: The forward supporting rail for the fuel tank may crack and if not noticed may fail resulting in the fuel tank dragging on the ground and eventually leaking fuel on to the road surface.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to where necessary replace the front supporting rail for the fuel tank and to retrofit a reinforcement.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2004 to December 31 2006

Number of Recalls: 2613


Reference Number: R/2010/125

Rear Window May Detach - VITO & VIANO (2010)


Fault: The rear vent window may have detached itself from both front mounts. It is therefore possible that the rear vent window detaches itself from the body.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to exchange the rear vent window/both rear vent windows.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2006 to December 31 2006

Number of Recalls: 151


Reference Number: R/2010/120

Power Assisted Steering May Leak Oil. - C & E Class ( 204 207 212 ) (2010)


Fault: It is possible that a power assisted steering fluid leak could occur on the connection from the connection on the fluid line to pump. Drivers should be made aware of the concern by noise being emitted whilst the vehicle is being driven.

Repair: Recall all affected to check the connection and if required replace the sealing ring.

Number of Recalls: 22586


Reference Number: R/2010/156

Brake System May Not Operate To Specification - C-Class ( 204) (2010)


Fault: Some vehicles may have been fitted with incorrect specification brake discs. This in extreme cases may have an affect on the brake efficiency should the vehicle have to carry out an emergency stop.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles for the replacement of the rear brake discs.

Number of Recalls: 4


Reference Number: R/2010/150

Steering May Fail - Unimog (2010)


Fault: It has been identified the steering knuckle arm fitted to vehicles with front mounting plates or front mounted implement can suffer fatigue fractures as a result of higher front axle loads. This can result in failure of the arm and the loss of directional control.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles for the replacement to the steering arm.

Number of Recalls: 2


Reference Number: R/2010/190

Braking Efficiency May Be Affected - Unimog (2010)


Fault: On vehicles equipped with four wheel steering it is possible that if the vehicle is used where extreme axle articulation is experience the service brake lines between the ABS solenoid valves and brake chambers can suffer tensile stress and subsequently fail.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles and replace the affected brake lines.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2001 to November 03 2010

Number of Recalls: 7


Reference Number: R/2010/195

Fuel May Leak - Sprinter (2010)


Fault: It is possible that vehicles fitted with integral heaters within the fuel filter could suffer a leak in the upper plug area. This leakage should be identified to the driver by the smell of the diesel however if action is not taken to address the issue the issue could result in fuel escaping onto the road surface.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles and replace the fuel filter.

Number of Recalls: 753


Reference Number: R/2010/204

Fuel May Leak - Vito and Viano (2010)


Fault: It is possible that vehicles fitted with integral heaters within the fuel filter could suffer a leak in the upper plug area. This leakage should be identified to the driver by the smell of the diesel however if action is not taken to address the issue the issue could result in fuel escaping onto the road surface.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles and replace the fuel filter.

Number of Recalls: 108


Reference Number: R/2010/203

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