The move, part of a global recall of over 9.90 lakh units, is to inspect the brake booster for signs of corrosion and leakage.
In a statement, the company said, “Based on the analysis of isolated reports, Mercedes-Benz AG has determined that on certain ML, GL (164 platform) and R-Class (251 platform) vehicles the function of the brake booster might be affected due to advanced corrosion in the joint area of its housing. After extended time in the field and in conjunction with significant water exposure, this corrosion might lead to a leakage of the brake booster. In this case, the brake force support might be reduced, leading to an increase in the brake pedal forces required to decelerate the vehicle and/or to a potentially increased stopping distance.”
The company also cautioned that in rare cases strong or hard braking could cause damage to the brake booster which could cause the brake system to fail. The company has also requested all owners of affected vehicles to avoid driving their cars prior to having them inspected.
“The recall process will involve inspecting potentially affected vehicles and depending on the results of the inspection, replacing the parts where necessary. Considering that Brakes are imperative for safe driving, we highly recommend customers of the potentially affected vehicles, to avoid the usage of the vehicle until inspection takes place and immediately contact the nearest Mercedes-Benz partner in order to align for further inspection and procedure required if any,” Mercedes India said.
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