Vehicle manufacturers issue recalls all the time. It’s not unusual to take your car in for a routine check-up and find that it has had several recalls for various issues in just the past six months. With so much of our vehicles’ functionality now reliant on software, more things than ever can go wrong. Fortunately, some can be repaired through over-the-air (OTA) fixes that require nothing of the owner.
The kind of recall you don’t want is one that comes with a “do not drive” advisory. That’s what some 292,000 Mercedes SUV owners are dealing with.
The auto manufacturer is recalling several classes of SUVs with model years 2006 through 2012. The problem involves the brake boosters that can cause the power braking system to corrode when exposed to a considerable amount of water.
While the brakes likely wouldn’t completely fail, they could become so weak that it could take longer to stop than expected. However, the advisory notes that in “rare cases of very extreme corrosion,” the brake system could fail if someone has to suddenly hit the brake. So far, there are no reports of accidents or injuries resulting from the problem.
Owners of GL-, ML- and R-class SUVs in the affected model years are being advised to take their vehicles to their local dealer for inspection. The company will pay for an SUV to be towed to the dealer if the owner wishes and will provide free transportation if needed while repairs are being made.
Dealers will be checking for corrosion. If it’s found, the booster will be replaced. If none is found and the brakes are working normally, owners are being advised to have their SUVs re-inspected at a later time.
Often, recalls are issued out of an abundance of caution. However, sometimes they’re issued only after one or sometimes multiple people have been injured or killed. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a defective product, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.