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Mercedes recalls 284,000 cars to fix lights

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DETROIT (AP) -- Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 284,000 C-Class cars in the U.S. and Canada because the rear lights can fail.

The recall affects some C300, C350, and C63 AMG cars from the 2008 through 2011 model years.

Corrosion on a connector can cause the tail, brake, or rear turn signal lights to dim or fail.  That can make the cars less visible to other drivers which increases the risk of a crash.

The problem affects nearly 253,000 cars in the U.S. and another 31,000 in Canada.  A Mercedes spokesperson says cars in other countries are also affected, but he didn't give a number.  The company says if the problem occurs, drivers will see a dashboard warning message.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says dealers will replace bulb holders and any rusted connectors for free.  Replacement parts aren't expected to be available until August or September.
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