Jacksonville, FL – April 7, 2022 – Daimler (OTCMKTS:DMLRY), which owns the Mercedes-Benz brand, has recalled 8,396 of new cars whose faulty cruise control that may increase the risk of a crash.
A lengthy list of affected models includes:
- 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS53
- 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG E63S
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG EQS
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT43
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT53
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT63 S
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL55
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG SL63
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz C300
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS450
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS450
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz EQS580
- 2022 Mercedes-Benz S500
- 2021 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz S580
- 2021 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG E53
- 2021 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz E350
- 2021 – 2022 Mercedes-Benz E450
The recalled vehicles are equipped with a cruise control system – called DISTRONIC – that assists the driver with braking, speed and keeping adequate distance between the car in question and other vehicles.
The feature still requires the driver to keep his or her hands on the wheel, which is monitored by a series of sensors.
In affected vehicles, the sensors may be programmed incorrectly. This means that the car will continue driving using DISTRONIC even if the driver’s hands are not on the steering wheel.
It also means that in the event that the driver loses consciousness, the vehicle would not stop driving or call 911.
The defect increases the risk of a crash and injury for the occupants of the car, as well as other motorists and pedestrians.
Other Mercedes-Benz recalls
Some cars from this list may have been affected by a recent recall due to inoperable rear lights. Some of the same model-years may also be subject to a November recall due to the risk of stall, as reported.
Dealers are going to rectify this problem by installing updated DISTRONIC software, which will ensure proper hand detection control operation. Notifications to vehicle owners will be sent on May 20, 2022. All repairs and updates will be done free of charge.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
This Mercedes-Benz recall affects more than 8,000 vehicles. To do a Mercedes-Benz recall check and see if yours is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.