Mercedes-Benz USA Overheating Seat Heater Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:
According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

Mercedes-Benz USA has agreed to settle a class action alleging that seat heaters in some of its vehicles may overheat, causing a hot spot to develop that can spark, smoke, or burn a hole in the seat cover. The vehicles in question are a 2000-2007 ML-Class, 2006-2007 R-Class, or 2007 GL- Class Mercedes-Benz vehicle equipped with seat heaters.

Docket Number:

14-CV-02011 JVS

Company: Mercedes-Benz

Filing Deadline: January 12, 2018

Objection Deadline: January 12, 2018

Exclusion Deadline: January 12, 2018

Final Approval Hearing: March 5, 2018

Proof of Purchase:

If you are making a claim for the reimbursement of repairs, you will need to provide proof of repair and amount.


You may be eligible if you currently own or lease, or have owned or leased, one of the subject vehicles in the US. The subject vehicles include Mercedes-Benz model year 2000–2007 M-Class (aka ML-Class), model year 2006–2007 R-Class, and model year 2007 GL-Class Sport Utility Vehicles with original-equipment seat heaters. Potential benefits include (1) a wire bypass procedure, to bypass a hot spot, (2) reimbursement of repairs already made, up to $1,000, or (3) a portion of the costs of future repairs for the problem.

You are not eligible if

  • You have already settled with Mercedes or had claims adjudicated on substantially the same subject; or
  • You are a former owner of a subject vehicle and did not experience a seat heater malfunction while you owned the vehicle.
Typical Settlement Amount:

Three possible benefits: (1) Wire-bypass repair, to bypass a potential hot spot; (2) reimbursement for previous repairs of hot spot, up to $1,000; (3) 0-75% of the costs of repairs for future malfunctions. For either of the first two, you must submit a claim form by the deadline. For details of the third, see the Notice at

Total Settlement Amount: Unknown

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:


Law Firms:
Frank Sims Stolper LLP
McNicholas & McNicholas LLP
Yuhl Carr LLP

Claim Form: Mercedes-Benz Seat Heater Settlement Claim Form

Case Name: Callaway v. Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC

Settlement Website: Mercedes-Benz Seat Heater Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Epiq Systems

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Mercedes/Benz Heater Settlement
c/o Epiq Systems Inc.
PO Box 2730
Portland, OR 97208-2730

Tags: Defective Automobile, Seat Heater