Mercedes-Benz is recalling at least 39,000 C-Class sedans sold in the US and Germany because of a potential steering system fault.

The "steering coupling interlock" was in an open position when it should have been released from the European factory locked, US-based M-B spokeswoman Donna Boland told Bloomberg News.

The problem, which could cause steering wheels to squeak, was initially noticed in September in two vehicles in Europe.

The issue affects 28,500 C-Class sedans in Germany as well as more than 10,500 vehicles in the US from the 2015 model year, according to the report, citing the automaker.

A Daimler spokesman said the automaker was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the production glitch.

Mercedes didn’t have a figure for the total number of vehicles affected globally, the news agency added.

German customers have been notified to bring their vehicles in for a check, which takes about 30 minutes.

The US models are made in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and there’s "no reason to think our vehicles have this problem", Boland, the US-based M-B spokeswoman, told Bloomberg.

The 2015 C-Class model was introduced in the US at the end of August, the report said.

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