NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1999 Mercedes-Benz C230, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. BATTERY EXPLOSION NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE01029

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: Alleged that the trunk-mounted battery can explode while either driving or stationary, potentially causing injury from fragment and acid spray.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE01029 »

  2. ENGINE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY FAILURE NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE03058

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: December 17, 2003
    • Date Closed: April 22, 2004
    • Recall: no recall issued

    Component(s): Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine:Gasoline:Belts And Associated Pulleys

    Summary: The Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened this preliminary evaluation to investigate allegations of engine crankshaft pulley harmonic balancer failure that could result in loss of power-steering assist.ODI has received a total of 546 non-duplicative reports that allege engine crankshaft pulley harmonic balancer failure on all Mercedes-Benz vehicles using the subject component.the subject component failures are progressive in nature and only a small percentage of the complaints and warrant claims involved a failure that had progressed far enough to effect power steering performance (6 of 55 ODI complaints reference increased steering effort).there have been no crashes or injuries related to the alleged defect.a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will take further action if warranted by the circumstances.see summary report attached for further detail.

    NHTSA: For detailed information & supporting documents, see the official NHTSA page concerning investigation #PE03058 »

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