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Mercedes recalls C-Class models due to possible steering issue

Although VOSA lists the total number of affected vehicles as 8,145, the carmaker said the recall in fact only applies to 5,679 registered models, with the remainder either in transit or at dealers. It added that the recall is a precautionary measure in response to an issue highlighted through its own testing that could be a potential safety problem.

The problem applies to C-Class models built from 17th January 2014 to 22nd September 2014, with the VOSA website noting that the steering column coupling lock may not have been installed correctly. The driver will receive warning of the issue by noise. However, in extreme circumstances, it is possible that steering control of the vehicle could be affected – although a Mercedes spokesperson in the UK confirmed that no incidents have been reported as a result of the possible fault.

The fix is to recall all affected vehicles to check and if required replace the steering coupling. Unregistered vehicles will be checked at the dealers or whilst in transit.

Figures are not available for the number of C-Class models that are being recalled globally for the possible problem but according to Bloomberg, the issue affects 28,500 C-Class sedans in Germany as well as more than 10,500 vehicles in the US from the 2015 model year.

Bloomberg said that Norbert Giesen, a company spokesman in Stuttgart, commented that Daimler isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the production flaw.


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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.