Why it issues: House owners of older Mercedes-Benz SUVs are being suggested to cease driving the automobiles instantly attributable to an issue that might trigger the brakes to fail. The carmaker is recalling 292,000 of the automobiles and is even providing to tow affected SUVs to the dealerships to allow them to be serviced.
Mercedes-Benz’s statement confirms that sure Mannequin Yr 2006 – 2012 ML, GL, and R-Class automobiles may have the operate of their brake booster impacted by superior corrosion within the joint space of the housing, the results of moisture which will wick below a rubber sleeve put in on the housing space.
The ensuing vacuum leak on the brake booster may imply extra drive is required to use a car’s brakes, thereby growing stopping distances. A worst-case state of affairs may see injury to the booster, inflicting the brakes to fail fully.
Whereas no crashes or accidents ensuing from the problem have been reported, Mercedes-Benz is advising homeowners to not drive affected automobiles—not even to the dealerships. The corporate is providing complimentary towing to homeowners to get to workshops, the place the rubber brake booster sleeve shall be eliminated, the brake housing inspected, and components changed as required. Mercedes-Benz will even assist clients safe different transport if a crucial restore can’t be carried out instantly.
You will discover out in case your SUV is a part of this or every other recall by coming into its 17-digit car identification quantity (VIN) into the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Affiliation’s website.
It appears fairly uncommon nowadays to see a large-scale recall that is not from Tesla. The EV agency this week announced that 130,000 automobiles have been affected by an overheating CPU situation; 817,000 were recalled over a seatbelt warning flaw earlier this yr; and the NHTSA issued a safety recall in January on almost 54,000 Teslas over their ‘rolling-stop’ performance.
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