Daimler Vans USA recalled 52,004 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans and Freightliner vans to fix a defect that might cause the hood to suddenly open while the vehicle is driving.
The German automaker, which sells the same van under the two brand names, said factory workers might have improperly tightened a screw connection on the upper hood catch. Factors such as the van’s speed, wind resistance and road conditions may cause the hood to open without notice.
An open hood will obscure the driver’s road vision and might cause a crash, the company said.
Daimler learned of the problem from two incidents. But the defect has not caused any crashes or injuries, the company said.
The automaker will notify owners of the problem. They should take the vans to their local dealer where technicians will inspect the screw connection, tightening it as necessary. Daimler will not charge owners for the inspection and repair if needed.
The recall is expected to begin Nov. 1. Owners may contact Daimler customer service at (877) 762-8267 to schedule the inspection. Daimler’s number for this recall is VS3HAUBOSS.