Mercedes-Benz recalls one million cars following discovery of brake fault

Mercedes-Benz is recalling about one million of its vehicles worldwide following the discovery of a potential problem with the brakes of its SUVs and minivans. And the company has asked owners not to drive them until they’ve at least been inspected.

The action concerns cars manufactured from 2004 to 2015 and affects the R-Class luxury van and the ML and GL series of the SUV series. Mercedes said 993,407 vehicles would be recalled worldwide, including 70,000 in Germany. It was not known if any of the affected vehicles were in the UK and, if so, how many.

“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,” said Germany’s federal transport authority, KBA. “As a result, the service brake may stop working.”

Mercedes confirmed the recall in a statement to the AFP news agency. “In rare cases of very severe corrosion, it could be possible that a particularly strong or harsh braking maneuver could cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, resulting in a failure of the connection between the brake pedal and the braking system” , the company added.

“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 recall process will involve the inspection of potentially affected vehicles and, depending on the results of the inspection, the replacement of parts if necessary. Until the inspection takes place, we ask our customers not to drive their vehicles.

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