Mercedes-Benz will be beginning a recall next month for a number of its diesel-powered models from the E-, GL-, M-, and R-Classes. The recall is dues to a potential leak from the fuel filter.

The Problem: The diesel fuel filter may leak around the heating component, which could cause fuel to leak onto the roadway or leak onto the heat source itself. Predictably, leaked fuel could increase the risk of a crash or a fire.

The Fix: Mercedes-Benz USA will contact owners of affected vehicles starting in November. Dealers will then inspect the filter and, it necessary, replace it free of charge. Owners can contact MBUSA at 1-800-367-6372.

Vehicles Affected: A total of 6872 models are being recalled, all fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s 3.5-liter turbo-diesel V-6. The recall includes certain 2011 E-Class models built from July 2010 to February 2011, 2011 GL-Class models built between March 2010 and March 2011, 2011 M-Class models built from January 2010 to March 2011, and 2011 R-Class models produced from April 2010 through April 2011. The recall also touches a handful of 2012 S-Class sedans. Mercedes believes that less than one percent of recalled models will have the defect.

Source: NHTSA