This is one of the weirder recalls we've seen recently.
Modern vehicles are highly complex machines and they're becoming more so with every new model year. Computers and algorithms manage a significant amount of information to not only make the driving experience more pleasurable but also to improve safety. But what happens when there's a coding issue that could potentially make things less safe? A recall will probably be necessary, as is the case of the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT.
First, the good news. The recall just announced by the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration affects only 149 examples, at most. The not so good news? It's actually kind of embarrassing.
The emergency call system communication module, named eCall, could be missing a critical wiring harness ground line that could cause the system to relay inaccurate vehicle location data.
This may not sound that serious, but if there's an accident and the driver is in trouble, this potential defect could give first responders the wrong location. Owners could also be made aware of this problem before any accident via an SOS message coming from the instrument cluster. When Mercedes first discovered the problem, it contacted the supplier who conducted its own investigation.
It figured out that the "installation of the ground line had not been implemented appropriately in its production and test processes. Logistics documents were then analyzed to determine the potentially affected vehicles."
The supplier made the necessary fix as of October 23, 2019 but some finished examples managed to be shipped to dealerships. The fix needs to be done at a Mercedes dealership by a certified technician because it involves reworking the wiring harness of the communication module.
Owners of these 149 AMG GTs (coupes only) are now being notified and the voluntary recall campaign will begin on June 20, 2020.