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Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling 327 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 convertibles because of a suspension problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

A stop-sale order has been issued on the affected cars.

"Improperly manufactured lock nuts may have been used on the rear wheel tie-rod connection, and as a result, the rear wheel alignment may change and the rear axle may steer independently," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "A change of the rear wheel alignment and independent steering of the rear axle may increase the risk of a crash."

A Mercedes-Benz spokeswoman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.

The affected SLK300 convertibles were built from January 19, 2016 to April 19, 2016.

Mercedes-Benz dealers will replace the lock nuts on the rear tie rods. The recall is expected to begin by the end of June. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.
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