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Mercedes SL-Class, Recall, Crash and Fire Danger

Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     MERCEDES BENZ SL-CLASS     2013
Manufacturer: MERCEDES-BENZ USA, LLC. Report Receipt Date: OCT 01, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V478000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:AIR CONDITIONER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 432   

2013 Mercedes SL Class Recalled for Crash & Fire Risk
Summary:
 Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain model year 2013 SL-Class vehicles manufactured from December 19, 2011, through May 31, 2012 originally equipped with R1234yf refrigerant. Daimler AG (DAG), the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, conducted product testing of a vehicle, not sold in the US, but equipped with the same refrigerant. According to Mercedes-Benz, the testing was designed to replicate worst-case conditions expected in a severe frontal crash that would cause a rupture of the air conditioner refrigerant line. A rupture of a refrigerant line will result in a gaseous mixture of refrigerant being released into the engine compartment.   

Consequence:
 The testing conducted by DAG determined that the escaping R1234yf refrigerant may ignite under specific conditions. The resulting fire could spread to additional combustible materials.

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