The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation into 2008 and 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans over complaints that the rear taillights and turn signals have been failing.
An estimated 218,000 C-Class vehicles are involved in this investigation. The majority of reports from consumers say that the failure is with the lamp connector, with many saying that the electrical components inside the lights had been burnt and, or melted. Many instances report that the driver smelled smoke, while one report says that flames were emitting from the rear taillight.
The investigation is being opened to evaluate the scope and frequency of the issues, and a recall could follow if the problems are found to be wide spread.
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