Beijing: German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz will recall 127,071 cars in China starting due to a fire risk and steering issues, Beijing’s quality watchdog said on Monday.

The recall involves the CLS-Class and E-Class vehicles imported to China, as well as some E-Class cars manufactured by the Beijing Benz Automotive Company Limited, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement.

The recall, effective from 13 March, was issued after a sealing strip for the engine cabin was found coming loose in some vehicles, which could lead to an engine fire if the strip falls on hot engine parts, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Affected vehicles were manufactured between 2012 and 2014. Mercedes-Benz China and Beijing Benz will check them and replace defective parts free of charge. The AQSIQ said in a separate statement today that Mercedes-Benz China will also recall 705 of its G-Class luxury sport utility vehicles as of 9 March due to a steering problem.

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