Mercedes-Benz recalls more than 290,000 U.S. vehicles for possible brake failure

WASHINGTON — Mercedes-Benz USA is recalling more than 290,000 U.S. vehicles for a defect that may scale back brake efficiency or trigger brake failure, rising the chance of a crash.

The recall covers sure ML-Class, GL-Class and R-Class vehicles, together with some diesel and hybrid electrical fashions, from the 2006 to 2012 mannequin years.

Mercedes-Benz has issued a stop-drive discover for the affected vehicles.

The German luxurious automaker mentioned the operate of the brake booster on these vehicles could be affected by corrosion within the joint space of the housing due to moisture accumulation, in response to a security recall report submitted May 11 to NHTSA.

“After extended time in the field and in conjunction with significant water exposure, this corrosion might lead to a leakage of the brake booster. In this case, the brake force support might be reduced, leading to an increase in the brake pedal forces required to decelerate the vehicle,” the report mentioned.

In uncommon instances of extreme corrosion, brake failure would possibly happen.

Continental Tire the Americas in Fort Mill, S.C., makes the brake booster, in response to the report.

Mercedes-Benz advised U.S. auto security regulators it has confirmed there aren’t any crashes, accidents or deaths associated to the defect.

To repair the problem, sellers will examine the brake booster housing for corrosion and might need these components changed, as essential.

Dealers had been notified Thursday. Vehicle house owners will likely be notified by May 27.

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