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17 Mercedes Benz Recalls in 2011


Fuel May Leak - ML C E S and R class (2011)


Fault: Fuel may leak from the fuel filter housing onto the road surface and thereby make the road slippery for road users.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the fuel filter housing if it is leaking.

Number of Recalls: 2972


Reference Number: R/2010/205

Fire May Occur - AXOR C (2011)


Fault: Bearing damage to the fan clutch may occur due to overheating. Analyses have shown that the bearings exhibit variation in the amount of bearing play. The insufficient bearing play with bearing grease that does not correspond to the requirements can result in the ball bearing overheating whereby scorching damage as well as a fire cannot be completely ruled out.

Repair: Checking of the electromagnetic fan clutch as a precautionary measure and replacement of the ball bearing if necessary.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2002 to November 12 2010

Number of Recalls: 8832


Reference Number: R/2010/208

Seat Tube May Break - Folding Bike (2011)


Fault: There is a risk that the seat tube may break. This is most likely to occur in the event of sudden jolts.

Repair: Recall the machines that are likely to be affected so the owner can choose whether to accept a full refund or to return the machine to the manufacturer for rectification.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2009 to March 31 2009

Number of Recalls: 30


Reference Number: RPC/2011/001

Tyre May Degrade - Actros and Axor 2 (2011)


Fault: Cracks may occur over time between the tread and the tyre shoulder due to faulty vulcanization between the tyre tread and shoulder. This could lead to peeling of the tyre tread.

Repair: Affected tyres will be replaced

Number of Recalls: 1


Reference Number: R/2011/052

Risk Of Fire - Vito and Viano fitted with OM646 engines. (2011)


Fault: On vehicles fitted with the OM646 engine it is possible that an Air Conditioning (AC) hose bracket could chaff the wiring harness for the three phase alternator. If this is not rectified there is a possible risk of a short circuit which may result in a fire.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles to check for damage to the wiring and replacement if found damaged plus the installation of an additional spacer clamp.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2007 to December 31 2010

Number of Recalls: 10805


Reference Number: R/2011/042

Passenger Seat May Detach - Sprinter 906 (2011)


Fault: Rivets retaining the seat cushion of the front passenger seat may be too small and in an accident may not retain the cushion. This could lead to an increased risk of injury.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the double front passenger bench seat.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2010 to December 31 2010

Number of Recalls: 23


Reference Number: R/2011/050

Fire May Occur - Actros (2011)


Fault: The oil dipstick guide tube on these vehicles is used for possible oil extraction. It has been found under certain circumstances there is a risk of fire due to engine oil escaping via the oil dip stick guide.

Repair: Retrofit an optimised stop plug for the oil dipstick guide tube.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2008 to December 31 2010

Number of Recalls: 123


Reference Number: R/2011/084

Risk Of Fire - Actros (2011)


Fault: The electrical cable may chafe at the bracket of the engine control unit. This may lead to possible malfunctions in the vehicles electrical system. In the worst case the chafing could lead to a short circuit between unfused positive cables and the bracket whereby a risk of fire is possible.

Repair: Install an edge guard at the bracket of the engine control unit to prevent chafing of the engine/transmission wiring harness.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2008 to December 31 2010

Number of Recalls: 1057


Reference Number: R/2011/085

Fire May Occur - Unimog (2011)


Fault: The electric heater of the charge air preheating system can overheat and a vehicle fire may occur.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to carry out modifications to the electrical actuation system of this heater.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2009 to December 31 2010

Number of Recalls: 11


Reference Number: R/2011/069

Misleading Instrument Cluster Information And Esp Functions - Sprinter (2011)


Fault: A program error may result in misleading instrument cluster information and ESP functions

Repair: Re-Program the control unit and conduct SCN coding of the SRS control unit.

Number of Recalls: 118


Reference Number: R/2011/107

Fire May Occur - Vito and Viano (2011)


Fault: In certain arduous operating conditions it is possible that the air conditioning fan relay could overload and in the worst case could catch fire.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the air conditioning fan relay with a modified component.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2007 to December 31 2010

Number of Recalls: 2924


Reference Number: R/2011/068

Passenger Air Bag May Not Deploy Correctly - CLS (model 218) (2011)


Fault: It is possible that due to a faulty electrical connection and high air temperature only the first stage of the air-bag will only ignite and the second stage will not. This could result in the non-deployment or full deployment of the passenger air-bag. If the vehicle is involved in a serious collision it is possible that the passenger may receive increased head injuries.

Repair: Recall all the affected vehicles and replace the passenger air-bag.

Vehicles Effected: October 21 2010 to May 30 2011

Number of Recalls: 1279


Reference Number: R/2011/117

Steering May Become Heavy - E-Class and CLS class (2011)


Fault: Power steering assistance may be lost due to an implausible signal occurring in the control unit. The mechanical steering of the vehicle is maintained but greater input from the driver will be required. When the fault occurs warning will be delivered both visually on the vehicle display and audibly via a signal tone.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the electric power steering units.

Vehicles Effected: November 01 2010 to April 30 2011

Number of Recalls: 316


Reference Number: R/2011/116

Cruise Control May Fail To Deactivate - ML Class (2011)


Fault: It has been identified that a fault in the brake light switch may in very rare cases cause the cruise control to not deactivate when the brake is applied.

Repair: Recall the affected vehicles and replace the brake switch.

Number of Recalls: 20379


Reference Number: R/2011/131

Fire May Occur - Atego (2011)


Fault: The electric heater of the charge air preheating system can overheat and a vehicle fire may occur.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to carry out modifications to the electrical actuation system of this heater.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2007 to December 31 2007

Number of Recalls: 1


Reference Number: R/2011/136

Front Seat Belt Height Adjusters May Fail - S-Class 221 (2011)


Fault: The treaded connection of the front belt height adjuster may not correspond to the high quality required of Mercedes Benz under heavy loads.

Repair: Replace the front height adjusters including the threaded connection.

Number of Recalls: 33


Reference Number: R/2011/151

Control May Be Lost - Sprinter (2011)


Fault: Rear suspension springs may not be to specification and could fail at the spring eye. If such a failure occurs vehicle control could be lost.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to check and where necessary replace the suspension springs.

Number of Recalls: 9


Reference Number: R/2011/142

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