Mercedes-Benz is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 model year GL Class full-size SUVs for second-row seat belt anchor bolts that may have been improperly torqued during assembly.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected in the U.S. at 272. Vehicles affected by the recall include certain 2013 GL350 BlueTEC, GL450 4MATIC, GL550 4MATIC, and GL63 AMG models that were built at the German automaker’s Alabama plant from May 15, 2012 through October 4, 2012.
According to documentation (PDF) Mercedes-Benz submitted to the NHTSA, the defect was determined to be caused by a problem with the power screwdrivers used during manufacturing. As a result, the second-row seat belt anchor bolts may not be tight enough and, over time and with vibration from normal vehicle use, could come loose.
A possible consequence is that, in the event of a crash, the occupant may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of occupant injury.
What Mercedes-Benz will do
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the second-row seat belt anchor bolts, as necessary. The service will be performed at no charge.
The Mercedes-Benz safety recall is expected to begin in May 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V166000.