Recently, Mercedes-Benz has called on its 1 million customers, worldwide, to return cars, due to a potential problem with the brake system. Over the weekend, the German company said it would contact all car owners whose brakes may be worn.
The problem affects exactly 993 407 cars, among which almost 300 thousand in the US and 70 thousand in Germany. According to Mercedes, the cars included in the list are of the production years 2004-2015, from the models ML, GL and R-Class. The Mercedes statement stated that:
“We have found that in some of those vehicles, the function of the brake booster could be affected by advanced corrosion in the joint area of the housing,” Mercedes said in a statement on Saturday.
“It might be possible for a particularly strong or hard braking manoeuvre to cause mechanical damage to the brake booster,” it said.
“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,” it added.
It may be possible to cause mechanical problems in the event of particularly strong braking. If this happens, then braking will not be possible, hence the risk of collision would increase.
Mercedes-Benz USA reported that so far there have been no collisions, injuries or deaths in connection with the matter. NHTSA said vehicles that do not show advanced corrosion can continue to be used without further action, while vehicles with advanced corrosion will have an additional test. Vehicles that pass the test can be used for up to two years, but must be returned for an additional repair, while those that do not pass will require a brake booster replacement.
Recall, that Mercedes Benz has recently confirmed that it has sold the most expensive car in the world. An extremely rare 1955 SLR Coupe model, held in the German company’s collection, sold for 135 million euros, or $ 142 million. This price makes it the most expensive car ever sold in history. The company said the money would raise the Mercedes-Benz Fund, a stock exchange fund.