Mercedes-Benz warns 800,000 drivers of potential fire risk it cannot fix now due to lack of replacement parts.
Daimler’s Mercedes added that a recall would be launched as soon as the components became available.
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz has informed owners to reduce the use of their luxury vehicles to a minimum following due to technical defect that could spark a fire.
In a letter Daimler sent to some 800,000 Mercedes-Benz owners affected by the defect, the automaker said that the issue was traced to possible leakage in the coolant pump that could heat up components.
Daimler added that a recall was not possible because parts needed to fix the problem are not available, but noted that it would be launched as soon as the components became available.
“In the meantime the affected vehicle should be driven in a particularly prudent manner and usage reduced to the bare minimum,” the letter said.
According to Daimler, the affected models include certain GLE/GLS (167 platform), C-Class (205 platform), E-Class (213 platform), S-Class (222 platform), S-Class (223 platform), E-Class Coupe/Convertible (238 platform), GLC (253 platform), CLS (257 platform) and G-Class (463 platform).
The news was first reported by Germany’s Bild newspaper, which published a copy of a letter Daimler sent to some 800,000 Mercedes-Benz owners affected by the defect.
But Daimler could not confirm Bild’s report that 800,000 vehicles were affected.
“The owner of a vehicle affected by a recall should always contact the nearest Mercedes-Benz service partner immediately,” the company said in a statement.