‘I didn’t expect the car would catch on fire’

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Gabriel Lopes had just purchased a certified used 2015 Mercedes C-300 4Matic sedan with low mileage. He thought he got a good deal.

Turns out it was more like a fire sale.

“As I was driving on the 205 bridge, the car turned off and I had to pull over to the left shoulder,” Lopes told KOIN 6 News. “I didn’t expect the car would catch on fire or, even less, explode.”

Gabriel Lopes used Mercedes caught on fire and exploded on I-205, Feb. 19, 2016 (KOIN)
Gabriel Lopes used Mercedes caught on fire and exploded on I-205, Feb. 19, 2016 (Gabriel Lopes used Mercedes caught on fire and exploded on I-205, Feb. 19, 2016 (Gabriel Lopes)

The Mercedes dealership told Lopes about a power steering recall, listed directly on the Mercedes-Benz site. But he said they did not tell him about a far more dangerous recall involving the exact make and model Lopes bought.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states:Mercedes is recalling certain model year 2015 C-300 4Matic vehicles for fuel delivery module, which may become loose and leak fuel, increasing the risk of a fire.

The NHTSA said the recall applies to vehicles manufactured between April 7, 2014 and July 25, 2014. Lopes car was made in 2014, but the exact date is not yet known.

It’s not clear at this time if the fire in Lopes car is directly related to this recall. In this case, no one was hurt.

“This could happen to any other car that is out there right now,” Lopes said. “This could blow up.”

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