2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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MSRP
$85,664 - $91,855
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MPG (up to)
16 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
241-603
Seats
4-7

How 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Ranks In Its Class

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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

4.7 Overall Score
Performance 4.7Comfort 4.7Styling 4.6Value 4.4

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG E-Class brings the tech, style and safety of its luxury sedan and wagon siblings, and adds a whole lot of performance. Available as a sedan with a V6 or V8, or a V8 station wagon, these models boast remarkable performance and standard all-wheel drive to easily keep rivals like the Audi S6 and BMW M5 on notice.

Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Models & Trims

chevronDown icon AMG GLE 43 $85,664 - $91,855
Horsepower: 396 hp - 603 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
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chevronDown icon AMG GLE 63 S $85,664 - $91,855
Horsepower: 396 hp - 603 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
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chevronDown icon AMG GLE 63 $85,664 - $91,855
Horsepower: 396 hp - 603 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
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chevronDown icon GLE 350 $85,664 - $91,855
Horsepower: 241 hp - 603 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
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chevronDown icon GLE 550e $85,664 - $91,855
Horsepower: 241 hp - 603 hp
Engine Type: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 X 7.5, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
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Owner Reviews

4.79
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Reliable safe comfortable ride with excellent gas mileage

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The Mercedes Benz GLE series is a comfortable car with precision steering making for a smooth ride. No issues to date & great gas mileage. Plenty of legroom front & back seats as well as storage area

Carol T
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Nothing like a Benz! Built to keep you safe and last!

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My only gripe about the vehicle is that it only has a one CD slot player, but I understand many mfgs are eliminating CD players altogether. However not everyone listens to music on their Iphone

diane a
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It performs extremely well and I expect it to last a long time.

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Easy to drive, steer, park. Parking camera is superb and I can make sure I will not hit anything in crowded garages. Comfortable to drive and ride in. Very pretty.

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Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$85,664 - $91,855
$85,664 - $91,855

Horsepower

Horsepower
396 - 603 (hp)
396 - 603 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Engine Type

Engine Type
3.0L V6 Biturbo, 4.0L V8 Biturbo
3.0L V6 Biturbo, 4.0L V8 Biturbo
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Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
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Standard
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Standard

Alarm

Alarm
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Standard
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Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
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Standard
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Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
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Standard
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Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
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Standard
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Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
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Standard
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Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
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Standard
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Heated Steering Wheel

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
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Standard
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Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
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Standard
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Cruise Control

Cruise Control
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Standard
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Power Windows

Power Windows
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Standard
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Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
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Standard
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Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
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Standard
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Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
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Standard
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Power Steering

Power Steering
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Standard
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Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 (in.)
41.3 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.9 - 41.7 (in.)
37.9 - 41.7 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.8 (in.)
35.8 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.2 - 39.6 (in.)
38.2 - 39.6 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.1 (cu. ft.)
13.1 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
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Standard
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MP3 Player

MP3 Player
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Standard

Entertainment System

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
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Standard
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WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
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Standard
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Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
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AUX Input

AUX Input
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CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
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Standard
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Standard

AC

AC
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
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Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
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Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather, Premium Synthetic
Leather, Premium Synthetic

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
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Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
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Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
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Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
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Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
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3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
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Standard
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Seat Massage

Seat Massage
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
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Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Power Liftgate
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Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
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Standard
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Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
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Standard
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Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/35ZR20
P245/35ZR20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
115.7 (in.)
115.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
41 - 41.3 (ft.)
41 - 41.3 (ft.)

Length

Length
194.6 - 197.1 (in.)
194.6 - 197.1 (in.)

Width

Width
73.2 - 75.1 (in.)
73.2 - 75.1 (in.)
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Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4145 - 4669 (.lbs)
4145 - 4669 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
396 (hp)
396 (hp)

Torque

Torque
384 (ft. lbs.)
384 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
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4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
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Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
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Performance Tires

Performance Tires
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Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
8 Cylinders, V6 Cylinder
8 Cylinders, V6 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
21.1 (gal.)
21.1 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
21 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

City

City
18 (mpg)
18 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
24 (mpg)
24 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
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Air Suspension

Air Suspension
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Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
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Overdrive

CTV Transmission

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Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
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Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
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Standard
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Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
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Standard
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Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
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Stability Control

Stability Control
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Traction Control

Traction Control
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Standard
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Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Auto Leveling Headlinghts
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
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Standard
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Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
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Standard
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Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
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Standard
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Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
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Standard
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Rear Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
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Standard
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Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
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Standard
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Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
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Standard
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Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
G
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Crosswind Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Parktronic w/Active Parking Assist Automated Parking Sensors *
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor *
  • Parking Pilot Automated Parking Sensors *
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera *
  • mbrace2 Emergency Sos *
  • PRESAFE PLUS *
  • Driver Knee Airbag, Driver And Passenger Pelvic Airbag *
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners *
  • Driver Knee Airbag, Rear Side-Impact Airbag, Driver And Passenger Pelvic Airbag *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (6)

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Steering > Rack And Pinion > Rack Nov 28, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Nov 28, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V850000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2015-2016 Mercedes Benz C300, 2017-2019 C300 Cabrio, C300 Coupe, C63 Cabrio, 2015 C63S AMG, 2018-2019 C300, C350e, C63 AMG, C63S AMG Cabrio, 2018 C63 AMG Cabrio, C63 AMG Coupe, C63S AMG, C63S AMG Coupe, E300, E400 Cabrio, E400 Coupe, 2019 CLS450, E450 Cabrio, and E450 Coupe rear-wheel drive vehicles. A locknut in the steering rack may break under high load, possibly causing the steering to become stuck in one position.
Consequence:
A car that cannot be properly steered has an increased risk of a crash.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering rack, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 25, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
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Air Bags > Occupant Classification System - Ocs (front Passenger) Aug 2, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 2, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V515000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2018 Mercedes-Benz E300, E300 4Matic, E43 AMG 4Matic, E400 4Matic, E63S AMG 4Matic+, and 2019 CLS450 4Matic vehicles. The Occupant Classification System (OCS) may not be properly calibrated, resulting in the front passenger air bag not being deactivated if a child seat is in the front seat.
Consequence:
If a child seat is in the front seat and the passenger air bag is not deactivated, in the event of a crash, it can increase the risk of injury.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger seat cushion, free of charge. The recall began November 26, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
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Electrical System > Battery > Cables Oct 14, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Oct 14, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V725000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2018 Mercedes-Benz C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 4Matic Cabrio, E300, E300 4Matic, C300, C300 4Matic, C300 Coupe and C300 Cabrio vehicles. The cover for the starter battery may not cover the live positive electrical wire, and in certain crashes, the vehicle's strut brace may deform and short circuit the battery.
Consequence:
If the battery is shorted, the emergency door unlocking would be deactivated for an outside responder and the short circuit could increase the risk of a fire.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive pole cover, free of charge. The recall began November 27, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2018110002.
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Seats Mar 28, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 28, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V207000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017-2018 C43 AMG 4Matic Coupe, C300 Coupe, C300 4Matic Coupe, C300 4Matic Cabriolet, C300 Cabriolet, C43 AMG 4Matic Cabriolet and C63S AMG Cabriolet, 2017 C63 AMG Cabriolet, C63S AMG Coupe and C63 AMG Coupe, 2018 E400 Coupe and E400 4Matic Coupe vehicles. The seatbacks of the front seats may not properly lock on the right side of the seat.
Consequence:
If the seatback does not properly lock, in the event of a crash, the seatbacks may fold forward, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the locking of the seatbacks, replacing the seatbacks lock, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 25, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2018040007.
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Child Seat > Vehicle Latch Anchor Aug 2, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Aug 2, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V513000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabrio and E400 4Matic Cabrio vehicles. The child seat anchoring system (ISOFIX) in these vehicles may not have been properly installed. As a result, in the event of a crash, the ISOFIX console may partially detach from the car body.
Consequence:
If the ISOFIX console partially detaches in a crash, it can increase the risk of injury for a child in a child seat.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ISOFIX console, and replace it if necessary, free of charge. The recall began September 28, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2018080015.
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Steering Dec 6, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 6, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V872000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling one 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe and one C300 4Matic Coupe. The steering coupling may not have been correctly locked during manufacturing.
Consequence:
If the steering connection was not properly locked, the mechanical connection between the steering wheel and steering rack may come loose, reducing steering ability and increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the steering coupling and lock it correctly if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 31, 2019. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372.

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