AMG Recall from MBUSA Settlement with EPA

Back in December of 2006, EPA fined Mercedes-Benz USA and DaimlerChrysler AG for certain air pollution violations. At that time, 29,000 AMG Mercedes-Benz vehicles were involved with a recall to address emission related defects.

Everyone with an affected AMG Mercedes-Benz has been to the dealer to have their software updated and the secondary relay in the air pumps replaced right? OK, probably not.

We are providing this information now so those that have purchased a used car will be aware of the issue. And, they can have their car repaired at the dealer under the recall if necessary.

The following information is from EPA's "Settlement Fact Sheet" published on their compliance website. It provides the VIN number ranges and AMG Mercedes-Benz models recalled.

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and DaimlerChrysler AG Settlement Fact Sheet

Background
Manufacturers of new motor vehicles must file an emission defect information report (EDIR) with EPA not more than 15 working days after an emission-related defect is found to affect 25 vehicles or engines of the same model year. These defect reporting requirements are a critical part of EPA's program to ensure that vehicles on the road comply with the Clean Air Act's emissions standards.

Violation
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC and DaimlerChrysler AG (Mercedes) failed to timely file EDIRs relating to eight emission-related defects in numerous 1998 to 2006 model vehicles. The Civil Penalty is $1.2 million

Remediation and Injunctive Relief

  • Mercedes is implementing the following voluntary recalls and extended warranties for emission-related defects at issue in this case:
  • Voluntary recall of about 79,000 Mercedes M-Class models to inspect and replace catalytic converters that are determined to be defective;
  • Voluntary recall of about 29,000 Mercedes AMG models to update software and replace secondary relay in air pumps;
  • Extended emissions warranty for catalytic converters in about 20,000 S and CL Class models from 8 years or 80,000 miles to 10 years, unlimited miles.
  • Estimated Cost of voluntary recalls and extended emissions warranty: $59 million.
  • Estimated environmental benefit of voluntary recalls:
    • 55 tons NOx
    • 64 tons NMHC
    • 446 tons CO
  • The Agreement also requires Mercedes to implement a Supplemental Emission-Related Monitoring, Investigation and Reporting Protocol, at an estimated cost of $1 million per year.

Affected Vehicles

The following vehicles have been recalled to inspect and replace, if necessary, the catalytic converter:

  • 1999-2001 Mercedes Benz ML 320 (VIN range A036519-A260405)
  • 1999 -2001 Mercedes Benz ML 430 ( VIN Range A057639-A260575)

The following vehicles have been recalled to update the software and replace the secondary relay in air pumps:

  • 2002-2004 Mercedes Benz SLK 32 AMG (VIN Range 227774-310327)
  • 2002-2004 Mercedes Benz C32 AMG (VIN Range 131482-535283)
  • 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz E 55 AMG Sedan (VIN Range 136286-917813)
  • 2005-2006 Mercedes Benz E 55 AMG Wagon (VIN Range 715663-913573)
  • 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz CL 55 AMG (VIN Range 030004-047689)
  • 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz S 55 AMG (VIN Range 306185-484676)
  • 2003-2006 Mercedes Benz SL 55 AMG (VIN Range 009541-116751)
  • 2005 Mercedes Benz G55 AMG (VIN Range 146910-164172)
  • 2005-2006 Mercedes Benz SLR (VIN Range 000018-001032)
  • 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS 55 AMG (VIN Range 007370-061871)

The following vehicles will have warranties for their catalytic converters extended to 10 years, unlimited mileage:

  • 2000 Mercedes Benz CL 500 (FIN Range WDB2153751A000174 – WDB2153751A001519)
  • 2000 Mercedes Benz S 430 (FIN Range WDB2200701A001280 – WDB2200701A121670)
  • 2000 Mercedes Benz S 430 (FIN Range WDB2201701A000335 – WDB2201701A115308)
  • 2000 Mercedes Benz S 500 (FIN Range WDB2201751A000346 – WDB2201751A082651)

Additional information is available from EPA here.



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2 Comments

  1. Robert Perez said,

    Wrote on July 19, 2010 @ 2:38 am

    02 c240 has issues with headlight turn signals

  2. Vin said,

    Wrote on March 12, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    Thanks for great info. Please notice that the following vehicles have been recalled to inspect and replace, if necessary, the catalytic converter: 1999-2001 Mercedes Benz ML 320 (VIN range A036519-A260405) and 1999 -2001 Mercedes Benz ML 430 ( VIN Range A057639-A260575)

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