Mercedes-Benz recalls 61,000 vehicles with possible electrical issue

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Water intrusion from the air conditioner drain hoses may cause a short

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) is recalling 61,450 of the following vehicles:

  • Model year 2020-2021 GLE350s, GLE450s, GLS450s, GLS580s, Model year 2021 AMG GLE53s, AMG GLE63s, Maybach GLS600s, AMG GLS63s, and
  • Model year 2020 GLE580s.

The air conditioner drain hoses may have been incorrectly installed, causing water to drain into the passenger compartment.

Water that intrudes into the foot wells may cause corrosion and/or short circuits to electrical components, increasing the risk of fire.

In addition, the emergency call (eCall) feature may be disabled and the doors may not unlock, increasing the risk of injury.

Also, the engine may not start or may enter a limp-home mode, increasing the risk of a crash.

What to do

Dealers will inspect and reinstall the air conditioner drain hoses -- as necessary -- free of charge.

Notification letters to owners are expected to be mailed May 16, 2023.

Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at (800) 367-6372.

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