Mercedes-Benz Class Action Lawsuit: Radiator Leaks


According to the owner, Mercedes vehicles have been missing bars and guards to protect against stones since 2016.

February 7, 2021 – A class action lawsuit has been filed by Mercedes-Benz against the radiator guards, which are allegedly required to protect against damage from stones and other foreign objects that cause damaged radiators and coolant leaks.

According to the Mercedes class action lawsuit, these models were formally outfitted with wire mesh guards or injection-molded ABS plastic to protect the aluminum radiators from stones and pebbles.

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG C63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG E43

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG E63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG S63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG S65

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG SL63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG SL65

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC43

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG G63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG G65

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC43

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE43

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63

  • 2016-present Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63

Mercedes’ class action lawsuit alleges that before the 2016 model years, the front bumper covers and air intakes were fitted with protective grilles, which allegedly means Mercedes knew the vehicles needed the guards.

Stones hitting the radiator cause coolant to leak, resulting in insufficient pressure in the coolant system, a warped head, and catastrophic engine failure.

California plaintiff Hagop Hadjian bought a new Mercedes-Benz AMG C63S in 2016 but reportedly noticed fluid leakage within the first year and a low coolant warning was displayed.

The plaintiff took his vehicle to a Mercedes dealer on March 27, 2017 and complained about the coolant leak and the low coolant warning.

The technician carried out a coolant pressure test and allegedly determined: “INTERCOOLER FOR TURBO SYSTEM WITH LOW GEAR HAS A LITTLE HOLE FROM THE ROAD OF SOME MATERIAL. ESTIMATE AVAILABLE TO THE ENGINE IF NOT REPAIRED.”

Although the vehicle was less than a year old and only covered 14,000 kilometers, the Mercedes dealer refused, according to a class action lawsuit, to cover repairs under the guarantee.

The plaintiff said he took his vehicle to another Mercedes dealer who agreed to pay the labor cost of replacing the low-temperature turbo cooler in his vehicle but charged him $ 1,050 for the repair.

However, the plaintiff claims his radiator is still exposed to rocks and debris as there are no guards or covers to prevent the problem.

In May 2019, Mercedes-Benz announced the 2019040010 service campaign for E-Class and GLC-Class vehicles to install grilles to protect the radiators.

“Daimler AG (” DAG “), manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, has determined that on certain vehicles of the model year (” MY “) 2018-2019 E-Class and GLC-Class (213, 253 platform) the built-in stone The chip guard does not meet current production specifications. As a result, stones can touch the cooler. “- Service campaign 2019040010

According to Mercedes’ class action lawsuit, owners may have to pay up to $ 80,000 to replace engines that fail due to overheating from coolant leaks, and even replacing damaged radiators and associated components becomes expensive.

The class action lawsuit also alleges that Mercedes needs to be aware of the problems stemming from customer complaints and the “sheer number and cost of replacing engines and radiators.”

Mercedes-Benz’s class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division: Hadjian et al., V. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

The plaintiff is represented by Berger Montague PC and Capstone Law APC.

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