Daimler removes 744,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles due to defective sunroofs in the US UU.

WASHINGTON: German car manufacturer Daimler AG He said Saturday he will withdraw 744,000 Mercedes- Benz vehicles in the United States from model years 2001 through 2011 because the sunroof glass panel could break off and pose a hazard.

The big recall covers more than two dozen vehicles on the Class C, Class CLK, Class CLS and Class E model lines. The automaker said the junction between the glass panel and the sliding frame of the room could not meet with the specifications and could cause the separation of the sunroofs.

Owners who paid repairs for the problem may request refunds from Daimler. A mercedes Benz The US spokesman said on Saturday he did not have a global total of vehicles for retirement.

Distributors will inspect the glass panel joint and replace the sliding roof if necessary, the company said.

Last month, Mercedes- Benz USA UU. He agreed a civil fine of $ 20 million for his handling of US vehicle recalls. UU. After a one-year investigation by the US government. UU. In 1.4 million vehicles recalled.

Under the terms of the agreement, the automaker will pay $ 13 million and face another $ 7 million fine if it fails to comply with the agreement. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. UU. He said the company did not notify the owners in a timely manner in some withdrawals, did not submit all reports and did not launch at least two withdrawals in a timely manner.

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