NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2007 Mercedes-Benz ML350

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 2007 Mercedes-Benz ML350, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: SEAT BACK WARMER OVERHEATS/BURNS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08030

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: April 25, 2008
    • Date Closed: September 09, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Seats:Front Assembly:Seat Heater/Cooler

    Summary: This preliminary evaluation investigation concerns the seat back warmer installed in the subject vehicles built through May 2007, equipped with the "ctx' carbotex seat warmer design.the data disclose few complaints and warranty reports concerning this issue.none of the "fire" reports involved open flame, but were thermal incidents in which the seat cushion sustained discoloration or a hole burned in the seat cover.the reported injury appeared to be minor.the subject seat warmer design was also installed in MY 2006 M-class vehicles and those data also show few incidents.a safety defect trend has not been identified.this investigation has been closed.

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