Mercury Marine has recalled some of its Mercury Diesel sterndrive engines equipped with digital throttle and shift (DTS). A sensor failure could cause the engine to shift into forward gear during the start process, even though the remote control handle is in the neutral position. This could cause an accident.
The engines affected and their serial number ranges are:
- 2.0L L4 / 88206000 and up
- 2.8L L4 / 88300000 and up
- 4.2L L6 / 88401000 and up
- 2.0L L4 / 70002130 and up
- 3.0L V6 TDI / CEZ000000 and up
- 4.2L V8 TDI / CMC000200 and up
The issue only affects products that are fitted with a DTS system.
What to do
Contact your nearest authorised Mercury dealer and arrange for the engine to be inspected. Your dealer will check whether it has a DTS or a mechanical throttle and shift.
If the engine has a DTS system, the dealer will replace it with a redesigned vessel sensor harness which will fix the problem.
For more information, contact Mercury Marine.