Approximately 150,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and CLS-Class models are being recalled across the United States.
It has emerged that a rubber seal at the rear of the engine bay could stick to the bonnet when it is opened. As a result of this, the rubber seal could fall into the engine bay when the bonnet is closed. If that piece of rubber were to fall onto the exhaust system or any other extremely hot component of the powertrain, it could catch fire.
The cars affected are 2013-15 E350 Sedans, E350 4Matic Sedan, E350 4Matic Station Wagon, E400 Hybrid Sedan, CLS550 CGI and CLS550 4Matic. Additionally, 2013-14 E550 4Matic Sedans are being recalled alongside the 2013 E63 AMG Sedan and Station Wagon, CLS63 AMG, 2014-15 CLS63 AMG 4Matic, E63 4Matic sedan, E63 AMG 4Matic Sedan S, E63 4Matic Station Wagon. Finally there is the 2015 CLS400, 2015 E400 Sedan, E400 4Matic Sedan and CLS400 4Matic and 2014 CLS63 AMG S. All told, that equates to 147,224 vehicles.
To fix the issue, Mercedes-Benz United States will simply attach four additional retaining clips to the rubber seal to ensure it doesn’t fall out of place.