Mercedes-Benz USA said that 136 units of the 2016 AMG GT S would have to find their way back to dealers to check the carbon-fiber driveshaft.
Mercedes said that at the end of October 2015 it received a complaint from an owner of a AMG GT S over some strange sounds coming underneath his 2-seater mighty V8 biturbo front mid-engine coupe. In the dealer workshop, it was found out that the connection between the carbon-fiber driveshaft and flange was separated, prompting for a replacement. However, this was not a singular event. The following two months, the company became aware of another two similar cases, one in Saudi-Arabia and one in Japan.
After a more comprehensive investigation over the matter, it has been discovered that the drive shafts themselves were intact, but the bonding between the carbon-fiber driveshaft and the engine and/or transmission flange might fail because of a loosen adhesive that has not been properly applied during the aassembly process.
“If the adhesive bond fails and results in a loss of torque to the rear wheels, the drivers may be unable to move the vehicle, or may experience deceleration if the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash,” Mercedes-Benz said.
There are 136 examples affected by the recall in the United States, all manufactured between June 1, 2015 to July 24, 2015. The campaign is expected to be launched on July 1 and dealers will inspect the driveshaft and replace it if necessary.