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Mercedes-Benz tells 17,687 Australian owners to 'stop driving' immediately

Due to a problem with the brake booster, Mercedes-Benz is recalling a total of 17,687 vehicles and telling owners to stop driving.


Mercedes-Benz Australia is recalling 17,687 examples of the ML-Class, GL-Class and R-Class due to a problem with the fitted brake booster

This recall affects model years between 2005 and 2013, as well as privately-imported R-Class vehicles up to 2016.

If you own an affected vehicle, Mercedes-Benz says you should stop driving your vehicle immediately and contact an authorised Mercedes-Benz service centre to arrange an inspection as soon as possible.

Seeing the affected cars shouldn’t be driven until they’re inspected by a Mercedes-Benz service centre, a Mercedes-Benz spokesperson said, depending on the service centre, they’ll either send a technician to you or arrange a tow truck.

“The sealing of the brake booster may reduce due to corrosion,” says the company in its recall notice.

“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 total of 17,687 vehicles are affected
  • The VIN list and original recall notice are attached here

Mercedes-Benz service centre technicians will perform a visual inspection of affected vehicles, and if there are signs of “advance corrosion” they’ll perform a guided diagnostic test. If the brake booster doesn’t pass the test, a replacement will be required.

Until the affected parts are replaced, the company says it’ll arrange an alternate transport solution free of charge.

If you have more questions, you can contact Mercedes-Benz Recall Support on 1800 074 939.

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