Mercedes-Benz Recalls Nearly 1 Million Cars for Brake Issues

Only three SUV and MPV models built between 2004 and 2015 are included in the recall.

According to a report from the German transport authority (KBA), Mercedes-Benz will conduct a global recall of its old ML and GL SUVs, as well as the R-Class MPV, sold between 2004 and 2015. The reason for the recall is a possible issue with the braking system, which affects nearly one million vehicles.

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  • Old ML, GL, R-Class recalled over brake corrosion
  • Damage could result in brake booster function
  • All three models were sold in the Indian market

“We discovered that advanced corrosion in the joint area of the housing could affect the function of the brake booster in some of those vehicles,” a Mercedes global representative said. Mercedes-Benz India said it would issue a statement soon when contacted for comment.

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The models in question were all built on the same large monocoque platform and were sold between 2004 and 2015. The second-generation Mercedes-Benz ML (W164), first-generation GL (X164), and sole-generation R-Class (W251) were all sold in India for a short period of time.

However, it is currently unknown whether this recall will affect models sold in India. Around 70,000 of the 9,93,407 cars that could be affected are on the German market.

Strong or hard braking, according to the KBA statement, could damage the brake booster, severing the connection between the brake pedal and the braking system, in very rare cases of severe corrosion.

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Mercedes-Benz Group AG has stated that the recall will begin ‘immediately,’ and that it will entail contacting owners, inspecting potentially damaged vehicles, and replacing parts as needed. It is recommended that owners of these potentially damaged vehicles do not drive them until then.

Mercedes-Benz recalled nearly 1.3 million cars sold in the United States between 2018 and 2019 in 2021 due to a faulty emergency call system that directed emergency services to the incorrect location. This error could be fixed with an OTA update or a trip to the dealer.

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