The German automaker Mercedes-Benz has announced a recall of about 10 lakh older vehicles across the globe, citing a potential braking system malfunction. The company confirmed that the decision was made after an “analysis of isolated reports for certain vehicles”.
As per the country’s Federal Transport Authority (KBA),the affected cars include the ML and GL SUV series, and the R-Class luxury minivan that have been manufactured between 2004 and 2015. Out of the 9,93,407 vehicles in total, 70,000 units are from Germany itself.
The KBA indicated that the reason for the recall is the corrosion on the brake booster, which can hamper the service break. “In rare cases of very severe corrosion, it might be possible for a particularly strong or hard braking manoeuvre to cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, whereby the connection between the brake pedal and brake system would fail,” said Mercedes. It added, “In such a very rare case, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle via the service brake. Thus, the risk of a crash or injury would be increased.”
The company said that it is initiating the recall with immediate effect, and has requested its customers to not drive the vehicles. Reportedly, it will be contacting the owners of the vehicles that could be potentially affected and conduct inspections, and will take a decision to resolve any problems depending on the damage.
Earlier last month, Mercedes-Benz USA had issued a “do not drive” order for SUVs made between 2006 and 2012. It recalled a total of 292, 287 vehicles, citing potential accumulation of moisture and corrosion in the brake booster housing unit. This came along with other recalls such as 215,171 units of the 2013-14 Sonata by Hyundai; 129,960 units of the 2021-2022 Model S, Model X, and the 2022 Model 3 and Model Y by Tesla; 18,101 units of the 2022 Tundra by Toyota; 9,570 units of the 2020-2021 Taycan by Porsche; 5,351 units of the 2021-2022 XC40 BEV by Volvo, among other, due to various concerns.