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 |  Jul 15 2013, 11:01 AM


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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  • Cathryn

    Taillight housing melted a couple months ago, and I had it fixed at a local shop. Does that mean I’m shit outta luck re the possible recall?

  • Merc1

    Nope. You would likely be reimbursed.


  • Raynell

    My tail lights just stopped working today. When I opened the compartment to find out what kind of bulb to get I found the same problem. The pin connector burnt up the plastic housing causing all the lights to fail. I am surprised it did not cause a fire.

  • Raynell

    Update… I contacted Mercedes Corporation and they said they were unaware of any problems with the tail light wire housing burning up and since the car was out of warranty it was my responsibility. Totally different story when I contacted my local Mercedes dealer service department. I took it in and they covered the repairs 100%. They replaced both sides. Kudos for the Hometown dealer and thumbs down for Mercedes Corp.

  • Tom Walker

    My sons 2008 C300 Mercedes has burned up both sides……Just had it repaired again today…..

  • Valerie

    How do I file a complaint? We’ve experienced the same problem with our C300. The driver’s side tail light is out. We received warning signs before it went out and now we are receiving warnings signs for the right tail light.

  • hugh vogues

    my 2008 c350 right rear light bracket and clip burned if I take it to cherry hill Mercedes tho out of warranty will they fix it for no cost to me?