Mercedes-Benz recalls Sprinter to remount windows

Paint under the window mount may not properly adhere to the body.

Mercedes-Benz has issued a small-batch recall for a few dozen Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans from the 2015 and 2016 model years.

The company warns that some of the paint layers may not properly adhere to the coats below. In places where the paint is underneath the window seal, failure could allow a window to separate from the vehicle.

"In the event of a crash of significant severity, high forces may act on the windows which are bonded to the paint," the recall documents note. "Should this occur, it cannot be ruled out that the windows may peel away from the vehicle due to insufficient adhesion between the layers of paint."

The issue was initially believed to only affect vehicles sold outside the US market, however a deeper investigation by supplier PPG later concluded that some problematic paint may have been used for US-bound units.

Service technicians will renew the paintwork and re-install windows and lashing systems in the affected vehicles.

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