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Mercedes recalls 300,000 U.S. vehicles due to fire hazard

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More than 300,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the United States have been recalled due to a possible fire hazard.

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The recall includes about 308,000 C- and E-Class vehicles, as well as CLA, GLA and GLC vehicles and has been linked to 35 car fires in the United States, according to the company.

"This situation typically occurs in the rare situation where a vehicle is stranded in a significant amount of standing water and the engine stalls and cannot be restarted on the first try," a Mercedes representative told CNN.

Other areas are subject to the recall but most of the affected vehicles are in the United States and were built between February 2014 and February 2017.

The issue occurs if the vehicle's engine starter is blocked due to engine or transmission damage.

Attempts to start the engine after the blockage can possibly send a very high current through the starter's current limiter, company officials said.

Repeated attempts might overheat the limiter and melt surrounding components, resulting in a fire, officials said.

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