Mercedes-Benz, a German luxury car brand, is recalling nearly one million older vehicles worldwide due to a potential problem with the braking system, Germany’s federal transport authority, Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt, has announced ( KBA).
The KBA said in a statement dated June 1 and reported in German media on Saturday evening that the recall affected cars built between 2004 and 2015, the ML and GL series SUVs and the R-Class luxury van.
“Corrosion on the brake booster can, in the worst case, lead to a break in the connection between the brake pedal and the brake system,” added the KBA.
As a result, the service brake may stop working.
The KBA said 993,407 vehicles worldwide were being recalled, including about 70,000 in Germany.
Mercedes-Benz later confirmed the recall, saying the decision was based on an “analysis of isolated reports for certain vehicles”.
In rare cases of very severe corrosion, it is possible that a particularly strong or harsh braking maneuver could cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, which would lead to a failure of the connection between the brake pedal and the braking system.
In such a rare case, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle via the service brake. Thus, the risk of accident or injury would be increased.
The company said it would “immediately begin the recall” and contact owners of “potentially affected vehicles”.
The recall process will involve inspection of potentially affected vehicles and, depending on the results of the inspection, replacement of parts if necessary. Until the inspection takes place, the company has advised customers not to drive their vehicles.
[With inputs from agencies]
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