Why it issues: Owners of older Mercedes-Benz SUVs are being suggested to cease driving the automobiles instantly because of 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 assertion confirms that sure Model Year 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 beneath a rubber sleeve put in on the housing space.
The ensuing vacuum leak on the brake booster may imply extra pressure is required to use a automobile’s brakes, thereby growing stopping distances. A worst-case state of affairs may see injury to the booster, inflicting the brakes to fail fully.
While no crashes or accidents ensuing from the problem have been reported, Mercedes-Benz is advising house owners to not drive affected automobiles—not even to the dealerships. The firm is providing complimentary towing to house owners to get to workshops, the place the rubber brake booster sleeve might be eliminated, the brake housing inspected, and components changed as required. Mercedes-Benz will even assist clients safe different transport if a obligatory restore can’t be carried out instantly.
You can discover out in case your SUV is a part of this or another recall by coming into its 17-digit automobile identification quantity (VIN) into the National Highway Traffic Safety Association’s web site.
It appears fairly uncommon as of late to see a large-scale recall that is not from Tesla. The EV agency this week introduced that 130,000 automobiles have been affected by an overheating CPU problem; 817,000 have been recalled over a seatbelt warning flaw earlier this 12 months; and the NHTSA issued a security recall in January on almost 54,000 Teslas over their ‘rolling-stop’ performance.
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