Almost 20,000 Mercedes-Benz CLS and E-Class models have been recalled in the United States.

An investigation from the car manufacturer has revealed that the 12-volt battery could move in

the spare wheel well in the event of a crash.

If this were to occur, the electrical connections from the battery could be dislodged,

meaning important post-crash functions such as eCall

electric seat adjustment, hazard warning lights, and automatic door unlocking may not function.

A defect report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that

a deviation in the development process means the 12-volt battery mount might not withstand certain mechanical loading in the event of a crash.

Involved in the recall are a total of 9,741 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 Coupe models from

the 2019-2022 model years, 2,096 AMG CLS 53 Coupe models from 2019-2021

3,428 examples of the E 450 from 2021-2022, and 4,433 examples of the 2019-2022 Mercedes-AMG E 53