Daimler recalls 744,000 U.S. Mercedes-Benz vehicles due to faulty sunroofs

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By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – German automaker Daimler AG announced on Saturday that it would recall 744,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the United States from model years 2001 to 2011, as the sunroof window could come loose and pose a danger.

The big recall concerns more than two dozen vehicles in the C-Class, CLK-Class, CLS-Class and E-Class. The automaker said the connection between the glass panel and the sliding room frame may not meet specifications and could cause the sunroofs to come loose.

Owners who have paid to repair the problem can request a refund from Daimler. A Mercedes-Benz USA spokesman said on Saturday that he had no global vehicle number for the recall.

Dealers will check the gluing of the glass panes and replace the sunroof if necessary, the company said.

Last month, after a year-long US government investigation into 1.4 million recalled vehicles, Mercedes-Benz USA approved a $ 20 million civil law sanction for handling recall campaigns.

According to the terms of the settlement, the automaker will pay $ 13 million and face a further $ 7 million fine if the agreement is not followed. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the company did not notify the owners in good time for some product recalls, did not provide all reports, and did not start at least two product recalls on time.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; editor of Will Dunham)