WASHINGTON – Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 52 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid sedans because of a problem with the onboard charger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The charger may not have been built to specification.
“As a result, the charging function for an external charging cable might not function and the onboard charger may incorrectly detect a charging cable, even while the vehicle is being driven,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If the charging cable is incorrectly detected and the vehicle is stopped or moving at a very slow speed, the vehicle may unexpectedly shift to Park, increasing the risk of a crash.”
There are no injuries or “third-party damages” linked to the recall, Mercedes-Benz told federal safety regulators.
The affected S550 Plug-in Hybrid cars were built from April 24, 2015 to June 12, 2015.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the onboard charger. The recall is expected to begin in early January. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
Edmunds says: This recall begins soon, so it’s best to contact your Mercedes-Benz dealer for the latest information if you are one of the affected owners.