Mercedes-Benz issues stop-drive notice, recall for cars with brake failure

Jacksonville, FL May 30, 2024 – Mercedes-Benz (OTCMKTS:MBGYY) is recalling 15,604 SUVs whose brakes may fail, upping the risk of a crash and injury. Owners are being asked not to drive the cars until they are repaired.

Some of the affected vehicles include:     

  • 2006 – 2007 Mercedes-Benz R500
  • 2009 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350BTC
  • 2006 – 2012 Mercedes-Benz R350
  • 2007 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz R320CDI
  • 2008 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550
  • 2006 – 2008 Mercedes-Benz ML500
  • 2010 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450H
  • 2009 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350BTC
  • 2006 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350
  • 2007 – 2011 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG ML63

Recall summary

The brake booster multiplies the force created when the driver presses the brake pedal. In the affected vehicles, corrosion may cause the booster to leak, reducing its ability to assist the driver’s braking efforts.   

The full list of the included vehicles is available here.

Recall risks

The driver has to press the pedal much harder, which may elongate the stopping distance and lead to a crash. The defect can also cause the brakes to fail altogether.

Warning signs

A leaking booster may cause a “hissing” sound when the brakes are applied.

Background of the recall

The affected vehicles were included in a previous recall in 2022 for the same issue. For some reason, however, owners never received the letters instructing them to take the cars in for repair. The manufacturer became aware of the issue in April 2024 and issued the present recall to address the oversight.

No injuries or crashes have been reported.

Other Mercedes-Benz recalls

In February of this year, there was a Mercedes AMG recall due to the risk of these hybrids catching fire due to a faulty electrical system, as reported.

In late January, Mercedes issued a second recall for stalling Metris vans and passenger cars, also as reported.

The repair

Dealers will replace the brake booster free of charge. Letters to the owners should go out on May 17, 2024.

Is your vehicle a part of this recall?

More than 15,000 SUVs are affected by this Mercedes-Benz brake booster recall. To do a Mercedes-Benz recall check and see if yours is one of them, please use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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