According to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), Mercedes-Benz has had to recall almost a million cars built between 2004 and 2015 worldwide. According to the KBA recall database, the SUV series ML and GL as well as the R-Class, a MPV, are affected.
In the affected vehicles, corrosion on the brake booster “in the worst case could lead to the connection between the brake pedal and the brake system being interrupted,” the authority said. “As a result, the service brake fails.” According to the information, a total of 993,407 cars of the three series are being recalled worldwide. In Germany there are probably almost 70,000 cars.
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Mercedes-Benz confirmed the information. In the affected models, the corrosion could “lead to a leak in the brake booster, which could reduce the brake booster,” explained a company spokesman This could be accompanied by perceptible hissing or flow noises when the brake is actuated.”In very rare cases, the connection between the brake pedal and the brake system could be interrupted. Then it would no longer be possible “to brake the vehicle using the service brake,” explained the spokesman continued: “This would increase the risk of accidents and injuries.”