Mercedes-Benz has advised 292,000 SUV owners to take their vehicles in for a safety inspection.
Mercedes-Benz urgently called 292,000 SUVs
It deems the problem to be so significant that it refuses to allow owners to drive their cars to the workshop, instead offering to cover towing fees.
The company is recalling some ML, GL, and R-Class vehicles from model years 2006 to 2012 due to a potential braking fault.
Mercedes claimed in a statement released by its US team on Thursday that no crashes, injuries, or deaths had been reported as a result of the problem.
“Moisture may wick under a rubber sleeve installed around the brake booster housing,” Mercedes said in its statement. “Following extended time in the field and in conjunction with significant water exposure, this condition could result in corrosion in the joint area of the brake booster housing, thus contributing to a vacuum leak at the brake booster.”
After a thorough investigation, the automaker revealed that water exposure over an extended period of time could harm a braking component.
Vehicles impacted by the issue could result in drivers having to press the brake pedal harder than usual to decelerate or stop the vehicle.
Mercedes added that in “rare cases of very severe corrosion, it might be possible that a strong or hard-braking application may cause mechanical damage in the brake booster,” potentially leading to a complete braking failure that could lead to a crash.
The automaker is advising affected customers to stop driving their vehicle until it has been checked and, if necessary, repaired. Mercedes will begin notifying owners via mail on May 27. Concerned customers can also contact the automaker at 1 (888) 548-8514.
You can easily find out if your vehicle is subject to this or any other recall by heading to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s website and entering your vehicle’s 17-digit VIN (vehicle identification number). Mercedes’ recall comes just a few days after Tesla recalled 130,000 vehicles over a safety issue linked to the touchscreen device.
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