Mercedes-Benz announced that thousands of its vehicles can pose serious safety risks over potential braking issues. In order to address these concerns, the automaker issued a “do not drive” recall that impacts 292,000 vehicles in the United States.
Impacted vehicles’ brake boosters can experience corrosion that can severely impact braking capability. Because faulty braking can increase the risk of an accident, the firm is alerting drivers they should stop driving recalled vehicles.
Firm To Provide Complimentary Towing To Impacted Owners
Due to the dangerous nature of the recall, Mercedes-Benz is offering complimentary towing to impacted car owners. The firm is also offering to coordinate alternate transportation for owners whose vehicles require repairs.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), impacted cars include the ML, GL and R-Class vehicles from the 2006 through 2012 model years.
While no accidents were linked to the recall, at least 292,000 units may expose drivers to braking risks.
Vehicles Might Require Future Additional Repair
At dealerships, vehicles will be inspected. Those with advanced signs of corrosion will be subject to a second test. Vehicles that fail said test will require a brake booster replacement. Vehicles that pass the test may be driven for up to two years. However, owners will have to return for further repair within that time period.
Vehicles that show no sign of corrosion during the initial inspection may continue to be driven without any further action.
The NHTSA told news outlets that severe corrosion can lead to mechanical damage to the brake booster, leading to the failure of the brake pedal and brake system. If this occurs while the vehicle is in motion, the driver will not be able to slow or stop the vehicle.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles or suspect that your vehicle was impacted by this recall, reach out to Mercedes-Benz by calling the firm’s customer service at 1 (800) 367-6372.
Remember to keep your contact information updated with your car’s manufacturer so the firm can always reach you in case of a safety recall.
Follow this link for more information on this recall.