Mercedes-Benz announces that nearly one million old models are being recalled due to a potential problem with the brake system.
Federal transport authorities in Germany (KBA) report that the recall involved vehicles built between 2004 and 2015. They include SUV models ML and GL, as well as luxury minivan models R-Class.
A total of 993,407 vehicles are being recalled worldwide, including approximately 70,000 vehicles in Germany, according to the KBA. The number of affected vehicles in the UK is not known.
Corrosion of the brake booster in the worst case can interrupt the link between the brake pedal and the braking system, the KBA informed. 'Therefore, the service brake may not function properly.'
The recall was announced by Mercedes-Benz in a statement to the AFP news agency, citing a collection of isolated reports for certain vehicles.
Mercedes said a particularly hard or strong braking action might damage the brake booster mechanically in rare cases of very severe corrosion, causing the connection between the pedal and brake system to fail.
It would not be possible to decelerate a vehicle via the service brake in this rare case. This would increase the risk of a collision or injury.'
'The company declares that it will begin the recall procedure immediately and will contact the owners of the 'potentially affected vehicles'.
“The process of recall involves inspecting potentially affected vehicles and, based on their results, replacing parts, if necessary,” the Stuttgart-based company said.
Until the inspection has been completed, we wish to ask our customers to refrain from driving their vehicles.”
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