Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling more than 30,000 late-model vehicles from its CLS line. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a software glitch that could increase their chances of being involved in a collision.
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The glitch affects the tail lights on the CLS -- specifically, the rear side marker lamps -- and prevents them from illuminating. As a result, it may be harder for drivers of other vehicles to see the CLS when approaching from the rear or side. That, in turn, could result in the CLS being hit.
The recall affects the following models:
- 2012-2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS 400
- 2012-2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550
All told, the recall affects 30,141 vehicles registered in the U.S. Of that number, 1,671 remain in showrooms, and Mercedes-Benz has issued a stop-sale until they're repaired.
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Mercedes-Benz hasn't indicated when it will send out recall notices, but when it does, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Mercedes dealerships, where the lighting controller software will be updated at no charge. Repair time is estimated to be 20 minutes.
If you own one of the vehicles listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 800-367-6372 and ask about recall #2015030005. If you prefer, you can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign 15V137000.