A total of 136 AMG GT S coupes are affected by the recall

The Mercedes-AMG GT S may be a tremendous sports car, but even it isn’t immune to the gremlin that is the automotive recall. Every car is susceptible to problems as the AMG GT S found out when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall of 136 AMG GT S coupe models in the U.S. because of issues with the powertrain.

According to the NHTSA, the root cause of the problem lies in the adhesive bond between the carbon fiber driveshaft and the rear flange. In the agency’s words, the bond “may fail,” which could result in the loss of torque to the rear wheels. In the event this happens, the driver may not be able to move the vehicle, or in other cases, cause a deceleration when the car is moving. This could increase the risk of a vehicular crash, a situation that prompted Mercedes to issue the recall and a stop-sale order on all the affected models.

Mercedes didn’t say whether the problem has caused any crashes, injuries, or fatalities, but it did admit that the problem came to its attention when it received a complaint in the U.S. back in October 2015 from a driver that head “noticeable noises beneath his vehicle.” Two similar cases have been reported, although those incidents happened in Saudi Arabia and Japan.

The recall is expected to begin by the end of June 2016. As such, AMG GT S owners are advised to contact Mercedes’ customer service and if it’s determined that their cars are one of the 136 affected models, Mercedes dealers will replace the carbon fiber driveshaft at no cost to the owner.

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Why it matters

This is an important development, one that I advise owners of the Mercedes-AMG GT S to take seriously even if they think that their models are not affected by the recall. The thing is, you won’t know if it’s affected if you don’t have it checked. And when it comes to automotive safety, it’s important that you pay attention to the recall and acknowledge it with the seriousness it deserves.

If your car isn’t one of the affected units, great. If it is, then you need to contact your local Mercedes dealership to get an idea of the process behind the recall. I can’t emphasize enough how important this is, especially with the perceived ramifications of what happens if the problems arise in your car. At best, you escape crashing your car. At worst, you could get killed or get somebody else killed. Is that the kind of fate that you’d want to tempt by not doing anything?

I know from experience that recalls are a major inconvenience. It happened to me before and the whole process can be very frustrating. But I also learned a valuable lesson. It’s better to know now if your car has a problem rather than find out about it the hard way. The hard way is particularly terrifying.

So go make an appointment with your Mercedes dealer and get to the bottom of this as soon as possible. No ifs and buts about it.

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Read our full review on the Mercedes AMG GT here.

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