As discussed previously, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched an investigation of dodgy wiring of the Mercedes C-Class tailights. As it turns out, the investigation is over and Mercedes has launched a full-stop recall of the compact entry level luxury sedan for examples nailed together and sold as 2008-2011 model year cars.
The specific issue concerns grounding pins in the connectors, which might cause the lights to become less bright or go out entirely. After 402 complaints and almost 24,000 warranty claims, Mercedes has issued what they are referring to as a voluntary recall for the lights, but as this is a safety issue, the automaker is responsible for notifying the NHTSA within five days of official notice of the issue, of the automaker’s plans to remedy the situation. The problem isn’t a new one, given the age of the cars involved and has stemmed from issues that owners started having with the cars as far back as 2009.
-By: Sawyer Sutton
Source: The New York Times