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Mercedes Recalls More Than 120,000 Cars for Sunroofs That Can Detach, Again

Mercedes-Benz recalls more than 120,000 vehicles due to the one-of-a-kind sunroof panel. Late last month, the automaker announced it would introduce 123,696 C-Class, CLK, E-Class and related CLS-Class models for the 2001-2011 period with removable sunroof panels. According to documents filed with NHTSA last year, Mercedes-Benz concluded that insufficient primer drying on the panels could cause the panels to peel off over time. Given that it hasn’t been in production for several years, it took Mercedes nearly five years and three recalls, from the first reported incident in 2017 to the recall announced last month.

No injuries related to this defect have been reported. Owners of affected vehicles are asked to bring their vehicles to a dealership for inspection and, if necessary, to have the sunroof repaired.

Affected vehicles may have been built before July 19, 2010. Mercedes said earlier that one of his sunroof panel suppliers had reduced the adhesive drying time from more than five minutes for him to less than two minutes. In 2019, Mercedes issued a similar recall for about 750,000 cars with less than two minutes of his drying time. However, automakers and suppliers believed more vehicles could be affected by the defect beyond the initial recall. The recall has been extended to models with longer hours. Last year, Mercedes determined that even more models may be defective due to differences in drying conditions at suppliers’ factories.

For more information on the recall or to find out if your vehicle is affected by the recall, please visit NHTSA.gov.

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