Mercedes-Benz is recalling certain 2014 and 2015 BlueTec diesel vehicles to address an issue that could potentially lead to hazardous oil leaks.
The recall of 4,871 E 250 BlueTec sedans and GLK 250 and ML 250 BlueTec SUVs is meant to repair a loose chain-tensioner gasket. The gasket's improper seal could allow oil to leak onto a vehicle's engine.
This creates the potential for an engine-compartment fire. Oil could also drip onto the road surface, creating a potential hazard for other drivers.
Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the gaskets in affected cars free of charge.
The carmaker began mailing notices to owners last week, so the process of replacing the faulty gaskets should get underway soon.
2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 4Matic
Models affected include rear-wheel drive 2014-2015 E 250 BlueTec and all-wheel drive E 250 BlueTec 4Matic sedans, and 2014-2015 GLK 250 BlueTec 4Matic and 2015 ML 250 BlueTec 4Matic SUVs.
All of these models use the same 2.1-liter twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, introduced for the 2014 model year.
Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 800-367-6372 and reference recall number 2014120002.
In addition, the recall notice can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Safercar.gov website under ID number 14V762000.