Mercedes-Benz has recalled approximately 292,000 SUVs due to potential break malfunction or brake failure. Drivers have been advised to discontinue driving the affected vehicles until recall notification is addressed at a Mercedes-Benz dealership.
Recalled vehicles include:
2007 Mercedes-Benz AMG R63
2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz GL320
2010-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL350
2007-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL450
2008-2012 Mercedes-Benz GL550
2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320
2006-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350
2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450
2006-2007 Mercedes-Benz ML500
2008-2011 Mercedes-Benz ML550
2007-2009 Mercedes-Benz R320
2006-2007 Mercedes-Benz R500
2007-2011 Mercedes-Benz AMG ML63
2006-2012 Mercedes-Benz R350
2008 Mercedes-Benz R550
Brake Issues with Mercedes SUVs and Minivans
The braking problem that may develop in certain Mercedes SUVs and minivans may be related to corrosion caused by moisture accumulation in the brake booster housing unit. The problem appears to affect only the main brake pedal and does not affect the emergency brake.
Symptoms related to brake corrosion in Mercedes SUVs or Minivans may include:
- Hissing or airflow noise when braking
- Lack of brake responsiveness
- Need to press harder than normal on brake pedal
- Brake failure
Mercedes-Benz SUV Brake Corrosion Repair Continued Risk
Mercedes began investigating the brake issues in July 2021 due to a report from a customer outside of the U.S. but did not address the problem until September 2021, when the company began a study. The recall for the potential problem was not deemed a safety risk until May 2, 2022.
Mercedes has indicated that complimentary towing will be offered to affect repairs in brake corrosion recall. The recall order includes inspection of the brake booster housing and additional testing. Vehicles which do not exhibit “advanced corrosion”, no additional action is being taken.
Vehicles that show advanced corrosion require additional testing. Those with corrosion that pass testing may continue to be operated for two years. Those with corrosion that do not pass testing require brake booster replacement. If brake replacement is required but cannot be completed immediately, Mercedes-Benz dealers are instructed to “coordinate” with the individual customer for transportation.
Mercedes-Benz Brake Corrosion Lawsuit
Mercedes-Benz owners and operators may have been placed at risk of accident, serious injury or death due to potential brake failure. Though a recall has been issued, recall arrangements may be inadequate and continue to place drivers, passengers, and the public at risk. Mercedes owners may also face loss of vehicle value to perceived reliability of their automobiles and may have already paid for costly automobile repair services that have already occurred.
Owners or operators of Mercedes-Benz SUVs and Minivans affected by the brake recall may be eligible for compensation.