If you own a 2017-2019 Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon, you might lose your rear spoiler while driving.
This safety recall is noteworthy only because it involves a station wagon, at least that’s what I told the editor. But seriously, according to the recall report, the spoiler attached on the top of the tailgate of your gorgeous Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon (lucky you…) could go flying off the rear of the car once you get up to highway speeds.
The recall specifically involves the S213-generation E-Class cars. Specifically, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz E450 4MATIC Wagon, 2017-2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 4MATIC Wagon and the 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz E63S 4MATIC Wagon. If you do own one of the latter AMGs, we’d be a little more careful for obvious reasons.
There are 4,765 potentially involved cars in the recall but the estimated affected cars is a low 5%. The cause for the recall is: “Due to a deviation in the production process, the rear spoiler might not have been mounted according to current production specifications.” The tell-tale sign that something may be amiss with the spoiler will be rattling noises. The fix is simple: The dealership will mount the rear spoiler according to specification.
Here’s the chronology of the events leading to this latest recall (lifted from the report):
“In November 2018 DAG initiated a recall (Recall 18V849) to address a condition in which the rear spoiler on certain Mercedes Benz E-Class station wagon vehicles might not have been appropriately mounted. The recall was initiated by a report received in October 2018 of a rear spoiler having detached from the vehicle. DAG’s investigation found that the spoiler had been improperly mounted at the production plant by an employee temporarily assigned to the position. DAG recalled the 16 vehicles in the US that may have had incorrectly mounted spoilers.
DAG continued to improve upon its production processes. In November 2018, DAG added an additional worker to the station.
In Late July and in August 2019, DAG received information regarding additional instances of incorrectly mounted rear spoilers. Investigations were initiated to analyze whether these vehicles had been part of the recall conducted in November 2018. These investigations showed that the affected vehicles were outside the scope of the November 2018 recall., It was determined that the production concern was not limited to the single worker. Based on this finding, investigations were performed to determine, which vehicles could potentially be affected.
On September 16, 2019, DAG decided to recall a broad vehicle population to inspect the mounting of the rear spoilers. DAG expects the actual number of vehicles with incorrectly mounted spoilers to be a small percentage of the total population.”