Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLS SUVs Recalled Due to Fire Risk

Certain 2020-2022 models have an electrical defect that can affect the front passenger seat

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE 63 driving
2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain GLE and GLS SUVs from the 2020 to 2022 model years to address an electric problem with the front passenger seat. In these vehicles, the wiring may not be properly installed, risking elevated temperatures and fire. 

Electrical resistance can cause the temperature to rise in a connection. “Before the issue occurs, the driver will not receive a warning due to the nature of the failure mechanism,” Mercedes warns.

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But the automaker states, “When the issue occurs, warning messages are displayed in the instrument cluster relating to the 48V onboard power supply.”

Mercedes-Benz is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this problem. 

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 7, 2022. Dealerships will inspect the wiring installation, specifically checking the torque on a ground connector, and make corrections as necessary at no charge.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled

  • 2020-2022 Mercedes-Benz GLE450
  • 2020-2022 Mercedes-Benz GLS450
  • 2021-2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE53
  • 2020-2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE580
  • 2020-2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS580
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63
  • 2021 Maybach GLS600

The problem: The 48-volt ground connection under the passenger seat may have been fastened with insufficient torque.

The fix: Dealers will inspect and tighten the ground cable bolt if necessary, free of charge.
How to contact the manufacturer: Call MBUSA customer service at 800-367-6372.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V231000.

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Jeff S. Bartlett

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