Mercedes-Benz is recalling some G-Class models for issues with interior trim pieces and ML-Class models for floor mat-fitting issues, and General Motors is recalling some Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana models for fuel system problems.
2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: Interior Trim Piece
The Problem: Mercedes is recalling some 2011 G550 and G55 AMG vehicles for issues with the molding strip mounted between the front passenger airbag and the cover flap. In the event of a crash where the front passenger air bag deploys, pieces of the molding strip could come loose of fall off. The resulting projectile could either strike and injure a passenger or damage the airbag, causing passenger injury.
The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will reinforce the connection between the flap and the strip free of charge. Mercedes-Benz will notify dealers this month of the recall, and estimates that the repair campaign will start next month. Owners can also call Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372 for more information.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 189 G550 and G55 AMG models, produced between September 30, 2010 and April 27, 2011.
2012-2013 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class: All-Weather Floor Mat Fitting
The Problem: Mercedes is recalling 8675 all-season floor mats for fitting issues in the 2012-2013 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class models, including the ML350, ML550, and ML63. The floor mats, which are sold as genuine Mercedes-Benz accessories, may not perfectly fit in their respective footwells, which means that the driver’s mat could become loose and interfere with the pedals, increasing the risk of a crash. Should unintended acceleration occur, the ML-Class is fitted with electronic brake override, allowing the driver to safely stop the car.
The Fix: Mercedes-Benz will replace all affected mats with a model that won’t cause the same problem. Mercedes-Benz will begin to notify owners next month, but owners can also call Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372 for more information.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Roughly 8675 mats made between July 2011 and July 2012.
The Problem: General Motors is recalling some 2003 and 2004 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles for issues with the fuel filler pipe. In Express/Savana models with a left-side cargo door and driven/purchased in states with lots of corrosive road contaminates (like road salt in snowy states), the contaminates can get stuck in the fuel filler pipe’s protective sheath, and corrode through both the sheath and the pipe. If this happens, the vehicle could throw a check engine light, or leak fuel. If the latter happens, there’s a risk of fire.
The Fix: Chevrolet and GMC dealers will install a new fuel filler neck. GM has already sent letters to the owners of the affected vehicles notifying them of the issue, and will follow-up with both dealers and owners when the recall begins early in October. The repairs will be free of charge. Owners can also call Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463 for more information.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 9389 Express and Savanas. The recalled models only include those vans with a left side cargo door and originally sold or registered in the Northeast (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont), Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, the District of Columbia), the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin). Vans originally sold or registered elsewhere, or without the cargo door, are not affected or recalled.