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Mercedes recalls 147,000 cars in US for engine fire risk

A Mercedes symbol is pictured in front of the Mercedes-Benz Shanghai office.
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A Mercedes symbol is pictured in front of the Mercedes-Benz Shanghai office.

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 147,000 mid-size sedans and station wagons from 2013-2015 to check for risk of engine fires, the U.S. safety regulator said Saturday.

The cars have a rubber seal in the engine compartment that can fall onto the exhaust system, increasing the risk of an under-hood fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Among the cars being recalled are versions of the CLS-class sedan and the E-class sedan and wagon.

Mercedes said U.S. dealers will begin notifying owners and repairing the cars in mid-March.

Last week, the automaker recalled another 149,000 CLS-class and E-class cars in Europe and China for a similar problem.