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Has there been a safety recall?

Today, the Temperature was 85 F, the Heat Index was 93 F, the Dew Point was 73.4 F, and the Relative Humidity was 70%.

My Benz had the typical "blow on the windscreen instead of the passengers" issue every single damn Benz develops.

Problem is the windscreen quickly clouded with condensation (due to humidity) to the point of completely obscuring my view of the road and any traffic issues that may develop. Even the windscreen wipers offered little help.

Does anyone know of a factory recall for this safety issue? This is very serious as vision is completely blocked and only comes in very short intervals once the wiper passes (again becoming blocked in a second's time).

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You were running the AC? Try turning up the temperature to warm the glass and end the condensation. But why run in on defrost?
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You should not try to frost the windscrean but should blow the cold air out through the outlets in the dashbord.
If you have condensation outsite the screen blowing cold air on it proves your AC is o.k.

Sorry, I think this is not a malfunction.

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When running the a/c the car (as is typical) starts blowing onto the windscreen. If you read the threads this is typical of virtually all Benzs with age. There is a vacuum container that loses vacuum which causes the outlet to switch to the windscreen instead of blowing on the seats. Even if you manually select it to do so.

With the heat index going well over 110F in the summers, turning up the heat is a dangerous possibility. Yes, it may clear the windscreen in a few minutes but will cause heat stroke/unconsciousness of the driver. But then which is worse? Not being able to see anything in front of the vehicle or dying of heat stroke?

This is a very common problem that develops with the Benz. It may not be too noticeable in less hostile environments, but in areas where shoes melt in parking lots before you can get to the door, it is VERY noticeable.

To clarify, the climate control was manually set to a/c with the outlets blowing through the dash. The windscreen was NOT manually selected. Yet, due to a safety issue with Benzs, the outlet switches to the windscreen causing massive condensation on both sides and completely obscuring vision.
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For more information search the threads or visit for a quick overview. There is a reason it is called "Mercedes Vacuum Hell":

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w202...indsheild.html
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Thanks for the information,

now I understand the problem.

I agree that this could be considered a safety issue.
But maybe Mercedes will just say, go to dealer and have it repaired for 2000 $ and then it is o.k.

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Thanks for the information,

now I understand the problem.

I agree that this could be considered a safety issue.
But maybe Mercedes will just say, go to dealer and have it repaired for 2000 $ and then it is o.k.

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I'm SURE that is what they will say! Here's my idea- bring a voltage inverter and shop vac with me everywhere I go. Then, when the air flow is misdirected turn on the shop vac and vacuum the dash vents to force the internal flap to reset and blow at the seats..... that might actually work... I didn't say it was a good idea.
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