A glowing Mercedes-Benz logo can lead to an accidentOctober 23, 2020
The automaker is forced to recall almost 13 thousand cars
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 12,799 GLE and GLS equipped with backlit logo and sold in the US market. It turned out that this option increases the risk of getting into an accident: the luminous three-ray star on the radiator grille threatens with wiring problems, which may cause problems, in particular, with the power steering.
As reported by Autoblog, citing the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9642 GLEs and 3157 GLSs, which were produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama from December 8, 2018 to February 6, 2020, will be sent for repair. These cars were fitted with backlit logos – $ 500 in the US.
The company itself said that they have been studying the malfunction on these models since December 2019, and also emphasized that so far not a single accident with injured or dead has been recorded, the cause of which would be a glowing logo.
Mercedes-Benz isn’t the only automaker to run into trouble with the logo flashing. A week earlier it became known that Rolls-Royce was forced to abandon the illuminated “Spirit of Ecstasy” statuette (in the UK the surcharge for this option is 3.5 thousand pounds sterling).
The reason for this is the new safety standards that have begun to operate on the territory of the European Union. The rules prohibit installing glowing decorative elements on the front of the car body.
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