Recalls: Mercedes C-Class taillights, failing BMW engines
More than 400,000 late-model BMW and Mercedes models are affected.
The 2008-2011 C-Class -- including the C300, C300 4Matic, C350 and C63 AMG -- have taillamp contacts that can oxidize and cause the bulbs to dim or lose the electrical connection. Mercedes said it first discovered the issue in 2009 after receiving five warranty claims and in 2012 began making spare taillamp bulb housings coated with tin. Only after the NHTSA initiated an investigation in 2013 did Mercedes agree to conduct a recall. A total of 252,867 cars are affected in the U.S.
Dealers will replace the bulb housings beginning in August or September as the parts are not currently available. Owners can call Mercedes at 1-800-367-6372.
In December, Mercedes recalled 130 SL550, SL63 AMG and SL65 AMG models from 2013 to fix passenger seat airbag sensors that may have been installed incorrectly. In May, Mercedes recalled 272 GL-Class SUVs to tighten the bolts holding down the seatbelt anchors.
BMW is recalling 156,137 cars in the U.S. for bolts that can loosen and disable the engine. Bolts securing the housing for the Vanos system (BMW's variable valve timing) can loosen and cause the engine to lose power or stall. Among the affected models are the 2010-2011 128i, 328i, X3 and Z4; 2011 528i and 535i; 2010-2012 X5 and 535i GT; 2011-2012 135i, 335i and X6; and the 2012 640i.
BMW had received dozens of owner complaints since 2011 about the issue and recalled the X5 in China for the issue in 2012. It did not think the issue was safety related in the U.S. despite increasing claims, according to the company filing. After it conducted a second recall in China in February, the company decided to recall the vehicles in the U.S. and include more models.
Dealers will replace the four bolts holding the Vanos system together, in both the intake and exhaust sections, starting in May. In addition, BMW will extend the engine warranty for more than 170,000 cars from 2010-2012 with six-cylinder engines. Owners can call BMW at 1-800-525-7417.
[Source: NHTSA (BMW/Mercedes)]
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