Mercedes is the latest car company to be affected by a recall, which will involve about one million cars sold in recent years.

The recall, which involves A, B, C and E-Class cars, CLA cars, GLA and GLC sports utility vehicles, has been prompted by a risk of fire, after 51 fires were reported.

All the cars affected by the recall have been manufactured and sold in recent years but specific years have not yet been identified.

The company said no injuries or deaths were reported relating to the vehicles but that it will begin recalling in the US market in July when parts become available.

There has been no confirmation of a recall in Ireland but a spokesman for the company in the UK has been reported in Car Dealer magazine as saying there are potentially 75,000 cars which will be affected by a recall.

The cars sold in Ireland are built at the same plants as those in the UK, so a recall is also likely here. The company has said it will contact owners this month.
           
A fix has been implemented in the production of new vehicles and vehicles still at dealerships will be fixed before they are sold, the company said. The issue relates to a potentially faulty fuse.
           
"Any affected vehicles in inventory will not be sold until they can be outfitted with the additional fuse," said a Mercedes-Benz spokesman.
           
Of the million vehicles to be recalled, 307,629 are in the United States.
           
The company did not immediately have a breakdown of where vehicles will be recalled outside of the United States.
           
The United States is among the three biggest markets forMercedes-Benz, the others being China and Germany.
           
Of the 51 fires, 30 were reported in the US market, an American Mercedes-Benz spokesman said.
           
Mercedes-Benz and Daimler said it would begin to notify its US customers late in March. It didn't say when owners in other markets would be notified.

Mercedes in Ireland recently joined the top ten sellers on the Irish market after a 10% price reduction was offered to new customers. It sold 3,000 new cars in Ireland last year and almost 2,000 in the first two months of this year.
           

Additional reporting by Reuters.