In early 2014, Mercedes Benz recalled over 250,000 C-Class vehicles from their 2008 to 2011 model years. The recall came about after the German automaker learned that a ground pin connector might oxidize, causing the taillights to dim or fail, increasing the chances of an accident.
Five owners have reported fires in their trunks related to this problem and the rest were warranty complaints that “may be related” to the defective taillight. Although Mercedes Benz plans to change the defective parts for car owners, dealerships won’t actually have the part in stock until later this year.
If this defect caused you to be injured in a serious motor vehicle accident, contact the attorneys at Hiden, Rott, & Oertle in San Diego. Our firm helps you determine your legal options for pursuing damages. You may be able to recover compensation by joining a class action lawsuit, or by pursing a personal injury lawsuit against Mercedes Benz.
Mercedes Benz Most Recent Recall
Mercedes Benz has received complaints about the defect since 2009, according to the New York Times. Not only have five fires been reported, but Mercedes Benz has also received 402 complaints about the issue and 24,000 warranty claims related to the defect.
Mercedes Benz Recalls in Various Classes
The C-Class isn’t the only group that is under recall. Several classes of Mercedes have a model that is under recall for various reasons:
- CL-Class – 5,800 2011 to 2012 vehicles are being recalled because of a fuel leak issue that can result in fire.
- CLS-Class – almost two dozen 2012 Mercedes CLS550 and CLS550 4Matic cars are being recalled because the hood could open while driving, instantly increasing the risk of crashing.
- E-Class – 5,800 2011 and 2012 vehicles are being recalled for the same reason as the CL-Class recall: fuel leaks and fire hazards.
- GL-Class – 2014 GL-Class SUVs are being recalled because issues with the child seat anchors; 2013 GL-Class GL63 AMGs are being recalled because of defective seatbelt anchor bolts; and 2011-’12 GLK-Class vehicles are being recalled because of a fuel leak that leads to fire.
If your vehicle has been recalled, you are encouraged to call the manufacturer to make arrangements to fix the issue. If you have already experienced problems with the defects in your car, you’ll want to report it to not only the manufacturer, but also the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Pursuing Economic Damages for Mercedes Issues
There are numerous Mercedes owners who are suing the company for economic damages. When a defect in your car has caused economic harm, you might be able to pursue compensation for your losses in a class action lawsuit.
For instance, you might be able to get financial restitution for damages such as:
- the lost resale value of your car:
- towing costs;
- increased insurance rates due to accidents caused by the defect;
- cost of renting a car while repairs are being done; and
- repair costs.
Mercedes and other car manufacturers sometimes deny claims or fail to fix certain issues because they claim the damage was caused by the owner or by an outside influence. When the defect is the manufacturers’ fault, owners have a right to have the problem fixed, free of charge. Mercedes-Benz is not currently charged with a class action lawsuit for the taillight problem.
Speaking to a Class Action Attorney about Mercedes Recalls
Mercedes Benz vehicle owners retain the right to take action against the automaker to recover any losses they’ve experienced as a result of a defect. If you own a Mercedes Benz and have sustained damage as a result of a defect or malfunctioning part, contact the class action lawyers at Hiden Rott & Oertle, LLP. Our firm offers a no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation where we determine if you’re eligible to seek a financial settlement. Call us today at 619-296-5884.