Mercedes recalls select GL crossover models for seat belt anchor issue

2013 Mercedes GL 550

Mercedes-Benz has recently announced that they will recall select 2013 GL seven-seat crossover models for a defective seat belt part. Although the vehicles being recalled were produced between May 15, 2012 and October 4, 2012, the German automaker did not release the official total amount coming back to the dealership.

The vehicles being recalled include the following (Mercedes did not state as to why only these vehicles were involved):

GL350 BlueTEC




More specifically, the defect lies within the seat belt anchor fitting bolts not being properly torqued during the assembly process. Due to the normal wear and tear, over time, the bolts could loosen. If the vehicle were to be involved in an accident, or if it came to a sudden stop, the driver/passenger(s) may not be properly restrained, thus increasing the risk of injury or death. A similar defect prompted Ford to recall their now-defunct Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans earlier this month.

The latest Mercedes recall will have registered owners taking their GLs back to the dealership, where authorized technicians will inspect and properly tighten the bolts, all at no charge. If you feel that your vehicle may be involved in a recall, or if you would like for the dealership to check them out, you can start with contacting the one that is the most convenient to you.


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