“Stop driving immediately”: Mercedes-Benz recalls 17,687 vehicles in Australia

A fault could cause the brakes to fail, prompting the manufacturer to warn owners against driving their vehicles.

The affected vehicles are stamped Model Years 2005 to 2013 for dealer-bought cars, or up to 2016 for privately imported examples.

The recall notice, lodged with the Department of Infrastructure, says: “The sealing of the brake booster may reduce due to corrosion.

“The corrosion might lead to leakage of the brake booster and a reduction in braking performance.

“In cases of very severe corrosion, hard braking may damage the brake booster resulting in a reduction of braking performance.

“A reduction in braking performance could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.

Stop driving your vehicle immediately and contact an authorised Mercedes-Benz service centre to arrange for an inspection as soon as possible.”

Date of recall notice 17 May 2022
Make Mercedes-Benz
Model ML, GL and R Class
Year 2005-2016
Vehicles affected 17,687
VIN list Click here to download the list of affected VIN numbers
Contact link Click here to contact the manufacturer

In a media statement, a spokesperson for the marque in Australia said: “We consistently set the very highest standards for safety and quality – regardless of whether this leads to a recall involving a single vehicle or a larger number of vehicles.

“Accordingly, Mercedes-Benz is initiating a recall and will contact the owners of all potentially affected vehicles, starting immediately.

“The recall process will involve inspecting potentially affected vehicles and, depending on the results of the inspection, replacing the parts where necessary.

“Until the inspection takes place, we ask our customers not to drive their vehicles.”

A full list of vehicle identification numbers for the 17,687 vehicles involved in the recall can be found here.

To have your vehicle checked, find your closest Mercedes-Benz dealership by clicking here.

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