Mercedes issues global recall affecting nearly a million cars

Mercedes is recalling a total of 993,407 vehicles worldwide, due to the potential for “advanced corrosion” affecting braking components on select models that are at least seven years old.

In the event that a driver applies strong force to the brake pedal, the brake booster on affected models can be damaged, causing the brakes to not work.

Mercedes has initiated the recall and advises owners not to drive their cars until they have been inspected.

A Mercedes spokesman told Which? that up to 30,000 UK cars could be affected. The spokesperson added: “Mercedes-Benz AG has determined that on certain ML, GL and R-Class vehicles from the 2004-2015 production period, the function of the brake booster could be affected by advanced corrosion in the gasket area.” . of housing.’

This is the second recent recall for Mercedes. In February 2021, Mercedes recalled a similar number of cars over a flaw in its ‘eCall’ feature, which is designed to alert emergency services in the event of an accident. A glitch in the system meant that the wrong location might be sent.

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Which Mercedes cars have been recalled?

This latest recall involves three of the brand’s oldest full-size SUVs and MPVs, manufactured between 2004 and 2015:

  • Mercedes ML Large SUV
  • Mercedes GL Large SUV
  • Mercedes R-Class MPV

Mercedes is contacting affected owners, although given the age of some affected models, some may no longer be covered by the dealer’s network of contact.

To find out if your car is included in this latest recall, you can use Mercedes recall lookup tool. You’ll need to have your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) handy, which you can find in your car’s registration book.

Are the affected Mercedes cars safe to drive?

In a statement to the AFP news agency, Mercedes said: “In rare cases of very severe corrosion, it could be possible for a particularly strong or harsh braking maneuver to cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, whereby the connection between the brake pedal and the brake system would fail.

‘In a very rare case, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle via the service brake. Therefore, the risk of a crash or injury would be increased.’

Given the possibility of loss of braking due to the failure, we recommend following Mercedes’ advice and not driving your car until it has been inspected.

If your car is found to have defective components, they will be replaced free of charge.

No matter what car you drive, you could be affected by a separate ongoing recall. Use the Vehicle Recall Tool to check the status of your car and see our guide on your rights after a withdrawal.

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