Mar 06, 2017 08:52 AM EST
Daimler, a Mercedes-Benz parent company, recalls 75,000 cars in the UK and about 300,000 cars in the US due to a risk of fire. This is part of around one million cars the company is withdrawing after 51 fires were reported on Friday.
Mercedes-Benz determined that the fire incidents were due to an issue with an engine part that can cause an electrical fire. Although no deaths or injuries have been recorded, Daimler said the fault affects the fuse in some of its A, B, C and E class cars as well as its CLA, GLA, and GLC vehicles. As a result, this could cause the cars to overheat in unique conditions.
The luxury brand said these conditions would occur during the starting of the car. "This situation typically occurs in the rare situation where a vehicle is stranded in a significant amount of standing water and the engine stalls and cannot be restarted on the first try," a Mercedes spokesperson told reporters on Friday.
A repair has already been implemented in the production of new Mercedes-Benz cars and those already on dealer lots will be fixed before its sold. Mercedes-Benz has also instructed customers to take their cars, included in the recall, to dealer shops so that it will be fixed. According to Mercedes, the fix will normally take an hour to complete.
"Any affected vehicles in inventory will not be sold until they can be outfitted with the additional fuse," a Mercedes-Benz spokesman said. The recall is voluntary and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that helps the company carry out the recall has already been notified. Further, Mercedes-Benz will alert US customers about the problem over the next 60 days. Of the 51 fires that were reported, 30 were said to be in the US market and 307, 629 Mercedes-Benz cars will be recalled.
The United States is among the three biggest markets for Mercedes-Benz behind China and Germany. The company did not have a breakdown of where vehicles will be recalled outside the US. The recall also affects newer Mercedes-Benz models including those from the 2017 model year.
Retailers can manipulate consumer regret to beat competitors
The French luxury group gains full control of the 70-year-old Parisian fashion house Christian Dior in a mammoth deal worth around €12.1 billion.
UK luxury fashion retailer Burberry posts lackluster set of results for its second half following an impressive result in the third quarter, a retail analyst stated.
What seemed like a perfect hacking operation turned out to be a failure as Kaspersky has spotted a mistake on the part of the Lazarus hackers. It found a brief connection that came from North Korea - proving their identity and origin.
A lawsuit has been filed by a Democratic political consultant and Fox News contributor on Monday alleging, among others, that Roger Ailes denied her of a permanent hosting job after she turned down his sexual advances.
South African leader, Jacob Zuma, has sacked finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a move that drove the country's currency down five percent in value. The president calls for a midnight reshuffle in his Treasury members who he felt were disloyal to his political intentions.
The US president has long promoted a change on how foreign businesses should run their operations - and that is to revive American manufacturing. Uniqlo head showed he didn't like being given an ultimatum by Trump.
Cemex, one of the world's largest cement producers, has not participated in the first round of bids that is currently underway but said it is open to providing quotes to supply the raw materials for Trump's promised border wall.
Arket, which means 'sheet of paper' in Swedish, will cater to a modern-day market with products for men, women, children and the home.