This never should have happened.
The Mercedes-AMG GT 53 and GT 63 are absolute beasts. The latter packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with up to 630 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. The GT 53 is still potent thanks to its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with EQ Boost and a total of 429 hp and 384 lb-ft. Essentially, both exist as not only a direct response to the BMW M5 and M8 Gran Coupe, but also for customers who want the AMG GT but require four doors. All of that power and luxury comes at a steep price with the AMG GT 63 topping off at over $160,000.
Unfortunately, some very basic quality control checks have been overlooked.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall notice for certain 2019-2020 model year GT 53s and GT 63s because their wheel hubcaps could detach while driving. If this were to happen, it'd quite clearly be a road hazard and greatly increase the risk of an accident. A total of 1,142 vehicles are affected in the US. Bear in mind the wheels fitted to these vehicles are not basic plastic coverings but rather high-quality alloys; it's the detachable center caps with the Mercedes brand logo that could fall off.
Imagine the following scenario: an AMG GT 63 driver decides to test the vehicle's claimed 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and, because why the heck not, continue to gun it to test that 195 mph top speed.
During that test run, a center wheel cap breaks loose and physics takes over. The velocity of that round object speeding towards another vehicle that could end up smashing into the windshield is an extremely scary situation. Even a direct hit to the front radiator would cause severe engine damage.
The recall is due to get underway on February 16, 2021 and Mercedes-Benz will replace the wheel-hub caps free of charge. There doesn't appear to be any reported cases of injuries or crashes, but it's better to be safe than sorry.