Mercedes-C sedans probed by U.S.A.
DETROIT (Reuters) -- United States safety regulators have opened a probe of an estimated 218,000 Mercedes-C sedans after receiving consumer complaints claiming a failure of back turn indicators and brake lights.
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary assessment of the luxurious vehicles from model years 2008 and 2009 after receiving 21 complaints from U.S.A. customers.
A spokesman for Mercedes, a unit of Germany's Daimler AG, did not have an immediate comment.
The reports commonly said the failure is with the lamp connector, with many suggesting burnt or melted electric parts, based on NHTSA files. In examples, consumers have reported smelling smoke and seeing burn marks in the trunks of the vehicles, with one reporting little fires emanating from the rear lamp connector, NHTSA said.
A preliminary assessment is step one in a procedure which can lead to a recall should regulators decide that a security issue must be tackled by a maker.
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