Mercedes-Benz‘s G-Class pimpmobile SUV is being recalled for turn signal covers that were deemed a no-no by NHTSA.
According to the agency, “impact over time the signal’s ability to meet the minimum requirements of FMVSS 108.” For those of you not up on obscure governmental regulations, this means that the covers could obscure the signals, rendering them useless.
The 3,522 G-Class owners affected by this problem can bring their car to a Mercedes-Benz dealer, where the signals will be replaced with updated units.
Hit the jump to see the official press release
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s): MERCEDES BENZ / G CLASS 2002-2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V366000
Summary: MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2002-2010 G-CLASS VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, “‘LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.” THESE VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED WITH A GRILL COVER FOR FRONT TURN SIGNAL PROTECTION THAT, WHILE PERMISSIBLE, MAY IMPACT OVER TIME THE SIGNAL’S ABILITY TO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS 108.
Consequence: THE SIGNAL LIGHT’S VISIBILITY TO OTHER MOTORISTS MAY BE REDUCED OVER TIME, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy: DEALERS WILL INSTALL IMPROVED TURN LIGHT UNITS OPTIMIZED FOR USAGE WITH GRILLS. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.