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