Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models in the US have recently been the subject of two separate recalls, the second of which only applies to 2022 model year vehicles.
The first recall, which affects 52,993 Sprinter and Freightliner Sprinter cars, is the most serious. Vehicles that fall under this category were produced between September 16, 2017, and February 3, 2020.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the interior blower motor's fuse configuration might not be adequate for sustained operation at the maximum blower level.
According to the German Automaker, changes in ambient and assembly space temperatures may increase the resistance between the fuse and fuse holder, raising the danger of a fire.
From April 14, 2023, Mercedes-Benz will notify owners of affected vehicles and provide them instructions to take their cars back to a dealer so that the fuse and its supply line can be changed. The fuse will also be moved within the fuse box.
For the second recall, electrical wiring harness damage may occur when adjusting front swivel seats that are electrically adjustable in the subject cars. The side airbag's performance could be compromised by a broken electrical harness.
350 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles produced between February 17, 2022, and May 6, 2022 are included in the second recall.
According to the NHTSA, the problem was caused by the wiring harness on the rotary seat frame not being routed long enough to the seat adjustment motor.
Owners of affected 2022 Sprinter models will be notified by April 14. Mercedes-Benz dealerships will then inspect the wiring harness installation and ensure that it is properly attached.