Mercedes Benz Electrical System Defect
An Electrical System Defect in certain year models of multiple Mercedes Benz vehicles may cause the battery to rapidly drain. The defect may leave the driver with a dead battery and inoperable vehicle. This may put drivers and passengers at risk of being stranded in unsafe conditions. It may also require costly roadside services, repeated battery replacement, repair service fees and towing services.
Affected 2004 to 2022 Mercedes Benz automobiles include:
- A-Class – Sedan, Hatchback
- C-Class – Sedan, Coupe, Cabriolet, Wagon
- E-Class – Sedan, Wagon, Coupe, Cabriolet
- G-Class – SUV,
- CLA – Coupe, Wagon
- CLS – Sedan, Coupe, Wagon
- GL – SUV
- GLA – SUV,
- GLC – SUV, Coupe
- GLE – SUV, Coupe
- GLK – SUV
- GLS – SUV
- ML – SUV
- D-Class – Diesel engine
All named Mercedes Benz automobiles in the 2004 to 2022 model years may be affected by the electrical system defect.
Mercedes Benz Failed to Act on Known Defect
Mercedes Benz has marketed its vehicles as luxury automobiles with “advanced performance”, including “efficiency” of the electrical system but has failed to live up to its claims.
According to company data, customer complaints, and reports collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Mercedes knew about the defect. The company has not offered any permanent repair solution to the electrical system defect and owners have been forced to apply multiple short-term remedies.
Mercedes has continued to tell customers that there is nothing wrong with their vehicle, has not offered repairs, and has not disclosed the defect in new sales.
Mercedes Benz Automobiles Sold as Luxury Vehicles
Mercedes charges a premium for luxury vehicles which have a reputation of safety and reliability. Mercedes has been accused of failing to act and of concealing a known defect in the electrical system of many of their vehicles.
The electrical system defect may have required costly services of towing, repair, battery and power packs, software updates, and rental car use. Many of these temporary treatments have been required multiple times. In addition to the costs of repeated repairs and other services, Mercedes owners may face decreased value for their luxury vehicle due to a known defect.
People who own or leased a 2004 to 2022 Mercedes Benz car or SUV may be at risk of electrical system failure and may be eligible for compensation.