NEW YORK (Bloomberg) -- Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 10,500 C-class sedans in the U.S. from the 2015 model year because a production error causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning.
The problem was initially noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe, said Donna Boland, a spokeswoman. The “steering coupling interlock” was in an open position, when it should have been released from the European factory locked.
Models in the U.S. are manufactured in Vance, Ala., and there’s “no reason to think our vehicles have this problem,” Boland said.
Another 28,500 of the vehicles are being recalled in Germany, the company said. German customers have been notified to bring their vehicles in for a check, which takes about 30 minutes.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. sales rose 11 percent to 27,315 in September, when it delivered 6,285 C-class cars. The figures do not include Sprinter vans. The 2015 C-class model was introduced in the U.S. at the end of August, Boland said.
The luxury brand has revamped its C-class car to compete for buyers against the BMW 3-series.
Daimler is offering its best-selling models with smartphone-like features and technology, as luxury-auto makers vie for customers of mainstream brands like Toyota and Ford.