Mercedes-Benz Recalls 85,000 Vehicles For Power-Steering Leak

October 11, 2010
Mercedes-Benz is recalling about 85,000 vehicles in the U.S. for an issue with the power-steering system that could result in a loss of power assistance.

The recall covers 2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class models, along with 2010 and 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models, that were manufactured between June 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010.

According to Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler, a connection fitting, where the high-pressure power-steering line meets the power-steering pump, wasn't adequately tightened during production; that could cause it to loosen over time and, although a clamping plate keeps it from detaching completely, could lead to fluid leakage.

So far there have been no related injuries or incidents, other than a few cases of customers noting a minor loss of fluid or power steering effort while parking.

When vehicles are returned to dealerships for an inspection, the affected connection fitting will be inspected; dealers will check and retorque the fitting

Mercedes-Benz USA will be notifying owners this month. Customers are advised to contact MBUSA at 800-367-6372 with any questions.

[NHTSA; Detroit News]

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