Mercedes-Benz has recalled more than 300,000 of its vehicles in the U.S. due to a possible fire hazard in its starter mechanism.

The recall covers Mercedes C- and E-class vehicles as well as CLA, GLA and GLC model vehicles manufactured between February 2014 and February 2017. There have been approximately 35 Mercedes vehicle fires in the U.S. linked to the starter.

According to company officials, the fire hazard can be triggered when the vehicle’s engine starter has been blocked. This can occur in situations where a vehicle is immersed in a significant amount of standing water or if the starter becomes blocked due to engine or transmission damage.

When the driver attempts to start the engine under these circumstances, a very high current can be sent through the starter’s current limiter. Repeated attempts to start the vehicle can result in overheating the limiter, which can melt surrounding components. This may result in a fire.

The full list of affected vehicles includes:

  • 2015-2017 CLA250 (including 4Matic)
  • 2015-2017 CLA45 AMG
  • 2017 GLA 250 (incl. 4Matic)
  • 2015-2017 C300 (incl. 4Matic)
  • 2017 C300 Cabrio (incl. 4Matic)
  • 2017 C300 Coupe (incl. 4Matic)
  • 2016 C350e
  • 2016-2017 C450 AMG Sport
  • 2016 GLC300 (incl. 4Matic)
  • 2017 GLC300 Coupe
  • 2017 E300 (incl. 4Matic)
  • 2017 E400 Wagon
  • 2017 E43 AMG

If you own one of the affected vehicles, take it to your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. The issue can be fixed in about an hour by installing an additional fuse in the electrical line that leads to the starter.

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