DETROIT — Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 284,000 C-Class cars in the United States and Canada because the rear lights can fail.
The recall affects some of its C300, C350 and C63 AMG cars from the 2008 through 2011 model years.
Corrosion on a connector can cause the taillights, brake lights or rear turn signals to dim or fail. That can make the cars less visible to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.
The problem affects nearly 253,000 cars in the U.S. and an additional 31,000 in Canada. A Mercedes-Benz spokesman says cars in other countries also are affected, but he did not specify a number. The company says if the problem occurs, drivers will see a dashboard warning message.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says dealers will replace bulb holders and any rusted connectors at no cost to owners. Replacement parts aren’t expected to be available until August or September.
DETROIT — BMW is recalling more than 156,000 cars and sport utility vehicles in the U.S. because the engines can lose power or stall.
The recall covers models from 2010 through 2012. It includes some 128i, 328i, Z4, 135i, 335i, 528i, 535i and 640i cars. Also covered are many X3, X5, and X6 SUVs.
The German automaker says bolts that hold a camshaft housing can loosen and break. That can cause reduced power or stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says dealers will replace bolts at no cost to owners. The company expects the recall to start this month.
BMW says an additional 170,000 vehicles from 2010 through 2012 with inline six-cylinder engines will not be recalled but will receive an extended warranty because of the problem.