Moisture leaks could cause a short circuit and potential fire, according to the manufacturer.

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 993 examples of its GLE SUV, citing a potential fault with the air conditioning system.

The affected vehicles were sold between 9 September 2019 and 29 July 2020 (Model Years 2019 to 2020).

The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The drain hoses of the air conditioning system may not have been correctly installed and condensation may leak into the vehicle interior and cause malfunctions in different electrical components.

“Various electrical components may not function correctly and the risk of fire caused by a short circuit could increase.

“The automatic emergency call (eCall) may fail and it may not be possible to unlock and/or start the vehicle, or to activate engine limp-home mode. This would increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants or other road users.”

CarAdvice has contacted Mercedes-Benz Australia to confirm if any local examples of the vehicle have been affected by the fault. This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

A full list of vehicle identification numbers for the 993 cars involved in the recall can be found here.

To have your vehicle checked, find your closest Mercedes-Benz dealership by clicking here.

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