Since when does something like this happen?
The chance of a mistake happening when your car is on the production line is low but manufacturing errors occasionally occur with serious consequences. This latest Mercedes-Benz recall is just one example. According to documents filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the German automaker will recall 26,584 C-Class models built between August 2018 and July 2019. These late-model vehicles are limited to the C300 and AMG C43, and every single one of them is affected.
Apparently, the luxury vehicles' 12-volt battery bracket may not have proper manufacturing specifications. What does this mean? It may not be secured properly.
If there's a crash, it's possible the battery could become disconnected from the terminals, which affects post-crash features such as hazard lights. Even more troubling is that the battery could actually be ejected from the car, thus becoming a dangerous hazard for other drivers. The good news is that there are have been no injuries or fatalities as a result. Owners might be able to tell their car's battery is loose if they happen to notice a knocking or rattling noise coming from the engine compartment while driving. If that's the case, you probably weren't imagining it.
The good news is that not only has the problem been identified but the fix itself is quite simple. Owners will be required to take their cars to a Mercedes-Benz dealership where a certified technician will install a new mounting bracket. That's it. Of course, this will be done completely free of charge. Are you one of these C-Class owners?
To find out, you can head over to the official NHTSA website and type in your VIN. Alternatively, you can wait to see if you receive a notification in the mail, which will get underway beginning on October 8.