Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 4,871 2014-2015 model-year SUVs and sedans with clean diesel engines because leaking oil might pose a fire risk, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports.

The recall covers 2014-2015 model-year E250 BlueTec and E250 BlueTec 4Matic cars, 2014-2015 GLK250 4Matic BlueTec SUVs, and 2015 ML250 4Matic BlueTec SUVs. These vehicles were all manufactured this year, from Feb. 28 to Nov. 10.

Leaking oil from the chain tensioner gasket area may drip onto a hot engine surface, increasing the risk of fire, NHTSA said. Additionally, the leaking oil may be a road hazard for other vehicles, increasing the risk of a crash.

Mercedes dealers will replace the chain tensioner gasket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 26.

Vehicle owners can reach Mercedes customer service at (800) 367-6372. Mercedes' number for this recall is 2014120002.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet

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