Recall: Mercury Diesel DTS engines

The engine could shift into forward gear while in neutral.

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The problem

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.


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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.

Information provided by Product Recalls — part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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