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Mercedes-Benz to Recall 2000-Model S-Class and CL500 Models

19 May 2000

Mercedes-Benz to Recall 2000-Model S-Class and CL500 Models Approximately 7100 Cars to Get Updated Blower Motor Module
    MONTVALE, N.J., May 19 Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today
announced that it has initiated a recall of approximately 7100  vehicles -
model-year 2000 S-Class sedans and CL500s manufactured since January 26 - to
replace a blower motor regulator of the climate control system.
    The regulator could develop an electrical short that may cause surrounding
plastic, insulation, and wiring to melt and possibly burn.  Only a small
number of vehicles are likely to develop the problem, but the company has
decided to replace all regulators with an updated version.  There have been
seven incidents, but no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result.
    MBUSA is notifying owners of all affected vehicles,  requesting that they
contact their retailer to schedule replacement.  Located just in front of the
glove box, the regulator can be replaced in less than an hour.  This operation
will be performed at no charge to clients.
    Mercedes-Benz retailers are providing a range of client care measures such
as washing and refueling vehicles, plus free alternate transportation will be
arranged if necessary.  The updated regulators are now being installed in
production.