|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
Mercedes-Benz of North America, Inc.
|Mercedes M Class
Number Involved: 42
Dates of Manufacture: April 1998
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V090
Description of Defect: The certification label on these sport utility vehicles
fails to comply with the labeling requirements of Part 567, "Certification." The
rear Gross Axle Weight Rating was listed as 3,257 pounds instead of 3,527 pounds, and the
tire size was listed as 276 rather than 275. A consumer could incorrectly inflate the
tires or overload the vehicle.
Remedy: Dealers will send a representative to the owner's home, remove the wrong
label and replace it with a label which complies.
Owner Notification: Owner notification began during May 1998. Owners who do not
receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Mercedes-Benz at
NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners
and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found.
The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer
before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a
particular make and model may be subject to the recall.