The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Mercedes-Benz have announced the investigation of as many as 250,000 E-Class luxury sedans due to the possibility of fuel leakage from the upper part of the gas tank. This is thought to be brought on by repairs made to the vehicles in a previous recall.
There is an analysis underway that may lead to a recall of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class produced between 2003 and 2008. The previous recall, which might be the reason for this current issue, was to fix the pollution control system. The 2008 recall focused on a handful of Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG models manufactured from 2003 to 2006, as there were 20 complaints about the low-volume model. The recall was then expanded to include the E320, E350, E500, EA550, and E63 AMG models. Also, in December 2012, 6,000 vehicles were recalled for potential fire risks caused by a faulty fuel filler flange that could have cracked and spilled oil during refilling.
Mercedes said in a recent statement that “We are taking this topic seriously and are cooperating with the NHTSA. Neither we nor the NHTSA have received any reports of fire, accidents, or injury.” As of now, there is no recall scheduled, but when the results of the engineering analysis of the possibly faulty fuel tanks is complete, a recall may very well be issued.
Source: The Detroit Bureau