2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE 63 Coupe Photo: Autoblog

Mercedes-Benz recalls 55,326 GLE cars over defective seat belt buckles

*The middle seat belt buckle may be unable to be retrieved

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Mercedes-Benz AG USA (MBUSA) is recalling 55,326 model year 2021 AMG GLE53s, AMG GLE63s, model year 2020 GLE580s, and model year 2020-2021 GLE350s and GLE450s with 5 passenger seating.

ConsumerConnect gathered while buckling the seat belt, the middle seat belt buckle could be pushed down into the gap below the seat cushion.

If the buckle cannot be retrieved, the buckle latch will be inoperable and unable to restrain an occupant in the vehicle.

Consequently, an unrestrained occupant has an increased risk of injury in a crash.

In regard to what to do, MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will secure the middle seat belt buckle free of charge.

The current recall is expected to begin December 29, 2020, and affected vehicle owners may contact MBUSA Customer Service on (800) 367-6372.

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