292,000 US vehicles for Mercedes-Benz issues ‘do not drive’ recall

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – Mercedes-Benz’s (MBGn.DE) US unit said Thursday it is recalling 292,000 ML, GL and R-Class vehicles from the 2006 through 2012 model year over braking issues and urgent owners driving to stop. .

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said the German automaker was issuing a voluntary “do not drive” recall of corroded brake boosters that could severely impact braking capability and increase the risk of a crash.

Mercedes-Benz USA said there have been no crashes, injuries or deaths related to the issue.

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The company said it will offer complimentary towing to owners of affected vehicles. If a repair is needed, a Mercedes dealer will help coordinate alternate transportation.

The NHTSA said vehicles that do not exhibit advanced corrosion may continue to be driven by no further action, while vehicles may have advanced corrosion.

It may take up to two years but it may require an additional repair, while those that do not require a brake booster replacement.

The NHTSA said in rare cases of severe corrosion, “a strong or hard braking maneuver could cause mechanical damage to the brake booster, whereby the connection between the brake pedal and the brake system would fail.” In that instance “it would not be possible to slow down or stop the vehicle through the service brake.”

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Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler

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