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Old 06-26-2007, 12:05 AM
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Coil Spring Perch Failure - NHTSA Investigation

W210 DANGEROUS FLAW please read (crosslinked in post #1 to all on topic data)
W210 DANGEROUS FLAW please read (crosslinked in post #1 to all on topic data)


I have some information to pass on:

Larry Long, a Safety Defects Specialist in the Office of Defects Investigation at NHTSA contacted me. His office is currently looking at coil spring perch failures on the 1996-2003 E-Class models and has opened an investigation on this issue.

They are aware of owners complaining about rusted perch spring towers (also discussed on this forum) and the cost involved of having them replaced. But he is specifically interested in talking with any owner that may have been in an accident due to loss of control because of coil spring perch failure, or may have been injured due to this condition.

You can reach Larry by e-mail at or by calling him directly at 202-366-6281.

Eric Wagner
Vice President
Greater Washington Section - MBCA

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Old 06-26-2007, 09:57 PM
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:52 PM
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Please note that the 1-800 number does not work anymore. You can reach Larry Long at 202-366-6281.

Best regards,

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Old 06-29-2007, 09:45 PM
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MB covers them now to a certain date or mileage range I think. What they really need to do is include the 202 chassis vehicles as well, their owners get no help when they fail.

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