Mercedes-AMG has announced a recall for a batch of GT 53 and GT 63 super sedans in the United States over incorrectly manufactured wheel-hub caps.
Made by Germany’s Jordan Spritzgusstechnik GmbH, the parts could detach and fly away without any prior warning to the driver, due to a fastening clip mechanism that might not withstand induced stress during driving, increasing the risk of a crash or injury for other road users.
There are 730 units of the 2019-2020 AMG GT 53 4Matic included in this recall and 412 examples of the higher-spec GT 63 4Matic, produced between June 20, 2018, and March 4, 2020, with a 100 percent estimated defect rate. The supplier has already solved the problem more than half a year ago, so the cars produced after May 2020 are not included in this safety recall.
The automaker will inform owners of the issue early next year, as the recall is expected to begin on February 16. Dealers have already been notified and instructed to replace the wheel-hub caps on the affected vehicles free of charge.
No reimbursements will be provided, as the missing hub caps would have been replaced under warranty, the NHTSA claims in the ‘Description of the Remedy Program’. Reports of missing hub caps date back to the end of 2019, yet the internal investigation was delayed in the wake of the pandemic. The decision to announce a recall was taken a few weeks ago.
Mercedes-Benz USA’s customer service can be contacted at 1-800-367-6372 and concerned owners with questions on the topic can also reach out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-800-327-4236.