Mercedes AMG-GT models recalled over… loose hubcaps? – RoadshowDecember 24, 2020
When I used to be a child, hubcap accumulating was one of many few ways in which I may tangibly nurture my younger love of automobiles. These days, with practically each new automotive offered with alloy wheels, hubcap accumulating is a dying pastime. It would virtually by no means happen to most motorists that hubcaps falling off of a automotive may set off a federal recall, however that is nonetheless 2020, so right here we’re.
According to a brand new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall discover, choose and 4-doorways are being recalled as a result of their wheel hubcaps may fall off whereas driving. According to the NHTSA, “If the wheel-hub caps detach, they can become a road hazard, and increase the risk of a crash or injury for other road users.”
As these models function alloy wheels, the recall applies to not a standard plastic or metal full wheel cowl, however as an alternative to the removable heart caps that carry Daimler’s legendary Three-Pointed Star emblem.
The recall impacts 1,142 autos, and MBUSA will notify homeowners of affected models and provide to exchange their hubcaps on the firm’s personal expense. The recall is anticipated to start Feb. 16, 2021, and anxious AMG-GT 53 and AMG-GT 63 homeowners are urged to name Mercedes customer support at 1-800-367-6372 for extra particulars.
Given that Benz says the AMG-GT 63 can hit 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and run to a high velocity of 195 mph, the concept of something coming off of one in all these slipstream liftbacks and changing into a excessive-velocity projectile is admittedly a sobering thought. That stated, are you able to think about if the federal authorities recurrently recalled automobiles again within the ’70s and ’80s for hubcaps that fell off? Dealership service bays would’ve been full across the nation 24/7, and this hubcap-accumulating boy may by no means have change into an automotive journalist.
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