SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 147,000 sedans and station wagons made over the past few years to fix a problem with an engine compartment seal that could spark a fire.

The recall mostly affects E350 sedans from the 2013 through 2015 model years.

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The company says a rubber seal in the back of the engine bay that is designed to muffle noises can stick to the hood when it opens. It can then drop into the engine compartment, where it may increase the risk of a fire if it touches the exhaust system.

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Mercedes-Benz will start the recall next month. Car owners can then take their vehicles to dealers, who will fix the issue for free by attaching four additional retaining clips to the seal.

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