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Mercedes-Benz will recall about 284 thousand C-class cars sold in the US and Canada due to an issue of rear lights.

Mercedes-Benz will recall about 284 thousand C-class cars sold in the US and Canada due to an issue of rear lights.
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The recall involves about 253 thousand cars sold in the US, that include the C300, C300 4Matic, C350, and C63 AMG vehicles with model years between 2008 and 2011. These cars were manufactured between Jan. 26, 2007 and July 13, 2011.

“The taillights appear to have a connector problem as can affect corrosion to the car and weaken the electrical ground connection and may cause the rear lights to dim or shut off altogether. This increases the risk of a crash by reducing “the ability to warn other motorists of the driver’s intentions of stopping or turning,” according to the recall notice from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.

Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported. Mercedes will notify affected car owners, and dealerships will replace bulbs and corroded connectors is free-of-charge. In accordance with the automaker, replacement parts are not currently available.

Eventually, recall of over a quarter million cars would be a big deal, but in 2014 it hardly raises an eyebrow. Nearly 13 million vehicles have been recalled in the US, so far this year setting a pace to break the record set in 2004, when 30.8 million vehicles were recalled, according to the NHTS. Last year, the auto industry recalled 20.2 million US vehicles.

The magnitude of this year’s recalls has come from General Motors, as they recalled about 6 million vehicles with series of problems, which include: ignition switches defect (responsible for at least 13 deaths}. Several other recalls this year have hit neared the 1 million mark, including Nissan’s recall of 1 million cars (Sentra and Altima sedans, among others); Honda’s recall of 900 thousand Odyssey minivans, and Toyota’s recall of about 700 thousand Prius hybrids.

Customers with more questions about the Mercedes recall can contact the automaker at 1-800-367-6372, call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or visit the notice on the NHTSA’s website, click here.

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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