Mercedes-Benz has recalled approximately 2,300 diesel variants of the 2011 model year Mercedes-Benz E, GL, M, and R-Class cars. Their recall was put into effect due to a leaky fuel filter hazard. The company has asked that car owners recognize this as a potential problem and have their cars fixed by a dealer. The car company also recalled 85,000 cars last month due to power steering problems.
Some cases of leaking diesel fuel caused by the malfunction have been reported in Europe. The problem originates, according to news reports, from an O-ring inside the filter which is not properly lubricated, causing the fuel filter to leak. This malfunction is not immediately harmful to the occupants of the vehicle affected. However, there is a possibility of leaking diesel to cause slippery roads, increasing the risk of car accidents.
The company is asking vehicle owners to bring their cars to the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealer, where they will get the fuel filters replaced free of charge. As a San Bernardino car accident lawyer, I hope that we all take the necessary precautions by taking in any affected vehicles to a shop immediately. Even though there have not been any incidences in the United States as of yet, we need to be careful by having cars inspected so there are no reports of diesel leakage causing a collision.