Mercedes-Benz USA will recall more than 4,000 vehicles suffering from failing seatbelt latches.
The manufacturer’s Jacksonville, Florida-based branch notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 4,702 2016-2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, 2016-2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC350e, 2017-2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC43 4Matic, and 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63 4Matic vehicles built between March 6, 2015 and May 31, 2018.
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The affected vehicles were manufactured with C-pillar paneling that doesn’t meet production specifications. As a result, the outboard seatbelt latch plates can retract between the c-pillar and rear side paneling. This can prevent occupants from being able to fasten the seatbelt latch. Unbuckled seatbelts can increase injury risk in a crash situation.
Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company, stated in its recall chronology it began investigating the problem in February 2018 following an informal NHTSA inquiry involving two consumer complaints. Engineering analysis determined the panels’ geometric design caused the problem.
Daimler AG determined the affected vehicle range and decided to issue a safety recall.
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealers will install felt strips between the C-pillar and rear side paneling for free. The recall will begin Nov. 2, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA’s number for this recall is 2018100002.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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