German carmaker Mercedes-Benz is taking back a million vehicles over brakes that are corroding and may no longer work, affecting an unknown number of British drivers
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Mercedes Benz is recalling nearly 1 million cars over fears their brakes aren’t working properly and could cause accidents.
The German automaker has announced it will recall 993,407 vehicles worldwide, with an unknown number in the United Kingdom .
The recall is due to what Mercedes-Benz calls “advanced corrosion” on brake parts.
This corrosion can cause brakes to fail and cars not to slow down when needed, resulting in an accident.
The affected cars were manufactured between 2004 and 2015 and belong to the ML and GL series.
These include sports utility vehicles and R-class minivans.
A Mercedes statement reads: “We have found that on some of these vehicles, the brake booster function may be impaired due to advanced corrosion in the connection area of the housing.
“A particularly strong or hard braking maneuver can cause mechanical damage to the brake booster.
“In such a very rare case, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle using the service brake. This would increase the risk of an accident or injury.”
The recall will take place immediately and Mercedes-Benz is now contacting the owners of the affected cars.
But it urges customers not to drive vehicles if they think they may be affected by the recall.
Mercedes-Benz will check all affected vehicles and replace parts if necessary.
In 2017, Mercedes is recalling around 400,000 cars in the UK accidentally deployed airbags .
According to Mercedes, a clock spring in the steering column was able to break, causing the airbag to deploy.
The problem resulted in wires “shorting out” or creating an “electrical discharge” that deployed the airbags prematurely.
But many other automakers have also recalled their own vehicles.
In February, Tesla announced it would recall tens of thousands of self-driving cars due to a glitch that allows them to do so drive past stop signs .
There are concerns that some models might make “rolling stops” instead of stopping completely at some traffic signs, posing a safety hazard.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/mercedes-benz-recalls-almost-one-27161288 Mercedes-Benz is recalling almost a million cars because of defective brakes, which can lead to accidents