Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2011-2012 vehicles equipped with clean diesel engines over concerns about a fuel leak.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected vehicles at 6,872. The safety recall involves 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class models built from July 2010 through February 2011, 2011 R-Class built from April 2010 through April 2011, 2011 ML-Class built from January 2010 through March 2011, 2011 GL-Class built from March 2010 through March 2011, and 2012 model year S-Class vehicles.
The NHTSA notice says that the diesel fuel filter may leak from around the heating component. Should the diesel fuel leak onto the highway, it could create the potential for a crash. In addition, fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source may cause a fire.
Mercedes-Benz will contact owners of affected vehicles and dealers will inspect and replace the diesel fuel filter, if replacement is necessary, free of charge.
In the meantime, owners of 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, R-Class, ML-Class, and GL-Class vehicles, or 2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles equipped with diesel engines with any questions or concerns may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6371. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2011.
Alternatively, owners may also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Refer to the NHTSA Campaign ID No. 11V496000.