The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into reports that the Mercedes-Benz C-Class could suffer from tail light failures, or even fires.
The agency has officially opened up a probe for the 2008 and 2009 C-Class after 21 reports were filed suggesting that brake lights and turn signals in the entry-level luxury sedans were dimming and altogether failing in some cases. Some customers even reported smoke coming from the rear of their cars and even fires.
The NHTSA says that there have been no injuries reported as a result of tail light malfunctions, however. In NHTSA procedure, a probe is among the first steps taken after reports of a problem have been filed. From there, the NHTSA will work with an automaker to find the source of a problem and deem if a full-scale recall is in order.
Should 2008 and 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class models be recalled, about 218,000 cars will have to have their tail light wiring fixed or replaced. The NHTSA is not yet to that point, but we will keep you updated about how it all shakes out when there are more details to share.
Source: Detroit Free Press