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article imageMercedes recalls 1M vehicles worldwide for fire hazard

By Karen Graham     Mar 4, 2017 in Business
German automaker, Mercedes is recalling one million cars and SUVs worldwide because a starter part can overheat and cause a fire. The company reported 51 fires worldwide with 30 in the United States.
Mercedes said in U.S. government documents released on Friday the recall is due to the starter motor that can overheat, reports AutoGuide.com.
Mercedes explains that if for some reason the transmission and engine in the vehicles won't turn over, a current limiter in the starter motor could possibly overheat with repeated attempts to start the vehicles. This causes the limiter to overheat, melting adjacent parts of the motor, reports ABC News.
Vehicles involved in the recall include certain C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs, all from 2015 through 2017, including nearly 308,000 in the U.S. Mercedes has been investigating the problem since last June after getting field reports on "thermally damaged" current limiters.
Owners of the affected vehicles in the recall will be notified this month and again in July when repair parts become available. The repair involves installing a fuse to prevent the current limiter from overheating. The fix will take about an hour and it of course, will be done free of charge to the vehicle owner.
Mercedes-Benz headquarters is located in Stuttgart, Germany. They have 93 locations worldwide and production facilities in 17 countries on 5 continents.
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