2011 models may be rolling into Mercedes-Benz showrooms nationwide, but the automaker is recalling and repairing a handful equipped with diesel engines.
The Problem: Vehicles built with Mercedes-Benz’s 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 engine may have been equipped with defective fuel filters. According to Daimler AG, the filter supplier failed to consistently lubricate an O-ring on the filter assembly, which could cause fuel to leak onto the ground below.
Vehicles possibly equipped with the filters in question include:
-2011 ML350 BlueTEC models, built between March and October 2010
-2011 GL350 BlueTEC models, built between March and October 2010
-2011 E350 BlueTEC models, built between July and September 2010
-2011 R350 BlueTEC models, built between April and October 2010
The Fix: Unsurprisingly, the remedy simply consists of replacing the diesel fuel filters in vehicles covered by the recall. Mercedes-Benz anticipates notifying owners by the end of the month.
Number Affected: Approximately 2297 cars in the U.S. are covered by this recall, but Mercedes-Benz believes only 2.4 percent — or 55 vehicles — will actually contain defective filters.