Mercedes-Benz Recalls Metris Vans for Leaking Fuel Hoses


Mercedes-Benz recently issued a recall for their Metris van because of leaking fuel hoses caused by an improper utilization of a tool that puts on the clamp during the production phase.

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Documents were filed in late November with the NHTSA and recently published this week. In these documents, the German car-maker claimed that over 12,000 Mercedes-Benz Metris vans were recalled, all from the model years 2016-2017. The leaky hose isn’t guaranteed to be present in these vehicles, but a faulty hose part was used for production of these model years. While Mercedes-Benz claims the fuel leak is minor, and it occurs at the lower point of connection to the transition hose between the Schrader valve and underbody fuel line.

Owners can also experience weeping of fuel from the upper connection area, which can produce a smell of gasoline when cold-starting the vehicle.

Why it’s Important

While the carmaker claims that the issue is minor, a fuel leak of any kind is seen as a fire risk, especially when you combine ignition and a hot engine.

Mercedes-Benz said that the remedy is relatively straightforward and involves replacing the clamp and hose on the lower connection point. Dealerships can install new housing with stronger materials for the upper portion issue. They can use a different supplier, which can stop the weeping fuel problem.

Of course, all the work is done free of charge to owners of the affected models. Along with such, Mercedes-Benz has already corrected the production process issue, so no other vehicle model years are affected and the proper clamping tool and new hoses are used in production now. Owners can expect a recall notification after January 25, 2019.

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Metris Vans for Leaking Fuel Hoses

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