Mercedes recall includes 10,500 C-Class cars in U.S.
Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 10,500 C-Class sedans in the U.S. from the 2015 model year because a production error causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning.
The problem was initially noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe, said Donna Boland, a spokeswoman. The “steering coupling interlock” was in an open position, when it should have been released from the European factory locked. Models in the U.S. are manufactured in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and there’s “no reason to think our vehicles have this problem,” Boland said.
The automaker doesn’t have a number for recalls globally, she said. Mercedes-Benz U.S. sales rose 11 percent to 27,315 in September, when it delivered 6,285 C-Class cars. The 2015 C- Class model was introduced in the U.S. at the end of August, Boland said.
The luxury brand has revamped its C-Class car to compete for buyers against BMW’s 3-Series. Daimler is offering its best-selling models with smartphone-like features and technology, as luxury-auto makers vie for customers of mainstream brands like Toyota and Ford.