The federal safety regulators announced the beginning of a probe related to fuel leaks in 250,000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class vehicles.
The investigation was started after the NHTSA and Mercedes-Benz received over 500 complaints from customers about a strong odor of gasoline, especially after refueling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that there is the possibility of leaking fuel from the upper part of the gas tank. Fortunately no injuries or fires have been reported.
The investigation will be made on 2003 to 2008 model years vehicles and the agency will analyze if the leaks were due to a 2008 pollution-control recall on the vehicle’s fuel filter module. The federal safety regulators opened this probe based on 20 consumer reports, all being E55 AMG models and according to the investigation results it will be determined whether a recall is necessary.
“Since opening the investigation ODI has received an additional 350 reports relevant to this investigation. Of those reports, 116 reports are on the E55 AMG model. The remaining 234 reports are on other E-class models (i.e., E320, E350, E500, E550 and E63) which are now included” in the investigation, the NHTSA said on its website.