US: Mercedes recalls BlueTec diesel models image

Mercedes-Benz, has announced the recall of 6,872 of its darling BlueTec diesel models due to potential fire hazards.

Nhtsa summary:

Mercedes-Benzes USA (MBUSA) is recalling certain model year 2011 vehicles including e-class (212 platform), manufactured from July 2010 through February 2011, r-class (251 platform), manufactured from April 2010 through April 2011, ml-class (w164 platform), manufactured from January 2010 through march 2011, gl-class (x164 platform), manufactured from march 2010 through march 2011, and model year 2012 s-class (221 platform) vehicles.

The diesel fuel filter may leak from the area around the heating component.

diesel fuel may be deposited onto the highway and create the potential for a crash.

The recall officially begins in November, when owners will return their vehicles to their local dealers for inspection. The automaker will replace and repair the cars free of charge.
BlueTec is Daimler AG’s name for its two nitrogen oxide (NOx) reducing systems, for use in their Diesel automobile engines.

BlueTEC technology controls emissions by driving exhaust gases through filters to the catalytic converter, where they mix with a new water-based additive called AdBlue. This process converts polluting nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water.
The result is a significant reduction in soot and pollutants, making the BlueTEC engine smoother, more efficient, quieter…