According to Mercedes-Benz, certain Model Year 2006 - 2012 ML, GL, and R-Class vehicles might have the function of their brake booster affected by advanced corrosion in the housing joint, the result of moisture that might wick under a rubber sleeve on the housing area.
The result of the vacuum leak at the brake booster might mean more force is required to remove the vehicle''s brakes, thus increasing stopping distances. A worst-case scenario may see damage to the booster, which can result in the brake failure completely.
While no injuries or fatalities have been reported, Mercedes-Benz is advising owners not to drive affected automobiles even to the dealerships. The company is offering complimentary towing to owners to get to workshops, where the rubber brake booster sleeve will be removed, the brake housing will be cleaned, and parts replaced as required. If a necessary repair cannot be resolved immediately, Mercedes-Benz will also assist customers in obtaining alternative transportation.
By entering your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into the National Highway Traffic Safety Association''s website, you may see if your SUV is part of this or any other recall.
This week, the EV company announced that 130,000 vehicles were affected by an overheating CPU issue; 817,000 were recalled due to a seatbelt warning flaw earlier this year; and the NHTSA issued a safety recall in January on nearly 54,000 Teslas for their ''rolling-stop'' capabilities.
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