Detroit, Mar 3 (AP) Mercedes is recalling about 3,54,000 cars and SUVs in the US because a starter part can overheat and cause a fire. Also Read - Three Dead, 4 Injured in House Party Shooting in North Carolina

The recall covers certain C-Class, E-Class and CLA cars and GLA and GLC SUVs, all from 2015 through 2017. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial

The German automaker said in government documents released today that if for some reason the engine and transmission won’t turn over, a current limiter in the starter motor can overheat from repeated attempts to start the vehicles. That can cause the current limiter to overheat and melt nearby parts. Also Read - US Court Seeks Status Report On Visas To Family Members Of H1-B Holders

Mercedes began investigating the problem last June after getting field reports of “thermally damaged” current limiters.

The documents didn’t mention whether there had been any fires or injuries. A message was left today with Mercedes.

Owners will be notified this month and again when replacement parts are available in July.

Dealers will install a fuse to correct the problem. (AP) CHT

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.