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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Metris Vans for Fuel Line Inspection

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At last, Mercedes-Benz is addressing the foul fuel smells in its Metric Vans after a string of complaints that had been surfacing for years.

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The company is recalling around 42,000 vehicles to check the fuel line connections. Mercedez claimed in a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the agency requested the automaker to investigate this problem four years ago.

Mercedes stated that it examined the complaints but found no trace of a particular fire risk or vehicle disablement due to the fuel line. It did, however, issue a minor recall for Metris vehicles manufactured in 2016 and 2017.

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However, following the recall, it got a few customer complaints about fuel smell and leakage in Metris vehicles.

Between 2017 and 2020, the problems came in at random intervals. Despite this, the automaker found no persistent or recurring deviations from production regulations for the gasoline hose connectors that could be the cause.

Nevertheless, in its plants in Vitoria, Spain, and Charleston, South Carolina, where the vans are assembled, the manufacturer has started an in-line examination and assessment of testing processes for the fuel hose connections.

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During the gasoline line assembly in Vitoria or Charleston, the analysis identified four probable production process errors, each of which included one or more of the following:

  • The fuel hose had not been entirely advanced over either the top or lower fuel line connection.
  • Over the gasoline hose connection, the fuel hose clip was not properly positioned.
  • The gasoline hose clamp was not securely fastened.
  • The unsuitable gasoline hose clamp was used.

The company claimed it had not received any additional complaints regarding fuel odour or leakage from the fuel system on Metris vans since process adjustments in the Charleston and Vitoria facilities in October and November 2021.

It has also received no reports of collisions, injuries, deaths or burns involving Metris vans’ fuel lines.

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Mercedes-Benz is now going to be recalling Metris vans from 2017 to 2022. Free of charge, dealerships will examine and, if need be, fix the gasoline hose connections, as well as replace the clamps and gasoline.

On April 1, owner notification letters are likely to be mailed.

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