Probe launched into Mercedes C-Class for lighting problems

U.S. safety regulators are investigating about 218,000 Mercedes C-Class luxury cars because the rear lights can fail and even catch fire.

The probe affects cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.{}

So far, there have been 21{}reports of the brake lights or turn signals lights dimming or failing to light. In many cases the drivers reported a burning smell or melting of electrical parts. Some also reported smelling smoke or seeing burn marks in the trunks, and one reported small flames coming from the rear lamp connector when the trunk was opened.

The problem hasn't caused any injuries.

No recall has been issued, but the investigation will determine if the problem happens often enough for one to be issued.

The{}C-Class{}vehicles are not made at the Mercedes plant in Vance, but it will{}begin producing the line in 2014.{} Currently, only{}the GL Class SUV, the M-Class SUV and the R-Class Crossover{}are produced there.{} A 5th vehicle is "coming soon" according the MBUSI website.