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Mercedes C Class Recalled

• Mercedes-Benz USA, Inc.

• Models: Mercedes Benz C Class Years: 1998-1999

• Number Involved: 65,731

• Dates of Manufacture: April 1997 - June 1999

• Defect: On certain passenger vehicles equipped with Hoppecke batteries, the battery maintenance schedule could be less than needed to maintain proper electrolyte levels. Low electrolyte levels increase the potential for inter- cell rupture and sparking, which could result in a battery explosion.

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Remedy: Dealers will inspect the batteries, including fluid levels. Some batteries may be replaced if necessary, on a case-by-case basis. In addition to the battery inspection, the addition of labels in the vehicle owner's manual and engine compartment will be included to conspicuously remind owners as well as dealer and service personnel of the need to perform battery maintenance. Mercedes-Benz has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.

(NHTSA Recall No. 01V366)