Mercedes Issues “Do Not Drive” Recall for 292K Vehicles

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Mercedes-Benz recalled 292K 2006-2012 ML, GL and R-Class models due to brake issue.

Mercedes-Benz issued a “Do Not Drive” recall for nearly 300,000 crossovers from model years 2006-2012 due to a corrosion issue related to the vehicles brake.

The problem could make it impossible for the driver to use the brakes to stop the vehicle. The company said that The problem affects about 292,000 ML, GL and R-Class vehicles. from model years 2006 to 2012.

The automaker’s US business says there have been no accidents, injuries or deaths related to the issue, Reuters reported. The company offers to tow owners’ vehicles to dealers.

What is the problem?

2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 BlueTEC
The company has issued a “Do Not Drive” recall and will tow the vehicles to dealers for free.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the problem centers on potentially corroded brake boosters. If the corrosion is severe enough, it can affect the driver’s ability to stop the vehicle, increasing the chance of a crash.

“After extended time in the field and coupled with significant exposure to water, this corrosion could lead to brake booster leaks,” according to to an NHTSA presentation. “In this case, the brake force support could be reduced, leading to an increase in the brake pedal forces required to decelerate the vehicle and/or a potentially longer stopping distance.

“Furthermore, in rare cases of very severe corrosion, it is possible that a particularly strong or hard braking maneuver could cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, thus failing the connection between the brake pedal and the brake system. rare, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle through the service brake”.

NHTSA said vehicles that do not show advanced corrosion can be driven without further action, while vehicles with advanced corrosion should be tested. The agency also noted that the foot parking brake is not affected.

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