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Urgent warning to Mercedes-Benz drivers as 292K vehicles recalled over potentially deadly fault

MERCEDES-BENZ has issued a warning to hundreds of thousands of drivers over a potentially deadly fault in a number of its models.

The German auto manufacturer recalled 292,000 cars with potential brake problems on May 12.

Mercedes-Benz recalled 292K vehicles due to potential brake problems

Mercedes ML, GL, and R-class SUVs produced between 2006 and 2012 were recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Mercedes.

The NHTSA stated that the voluntary recall is required due to the "potentially corroded brake boosters."

With such a problem, it can critically impact a driver's braking power, escalating crash risks.

The report also said the corrosion may have sparked due to the 'extended time in the field,' meaning the duration it was used for, on top of water exposure that can potentially lead to "leakage of the brake booster."

A leakage in the brake booster can mean a dangerous effect on the vehicle's braking power, eventually making it more difficult for the car to slow down.

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NHTSA said there are some infrequent severe corrosions, where hard braking could in time create physical damage to the brake boosters.

This means the driver will not be able to halt the vehicle even with the brakes, increasing the risk of accidents.

The recall is voluntary, meaning no vehicles are forced to be recalled.

They nonetheless strongly encourage drivers with such car models to have their vehicles checked out at an authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer.

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If the dealer does notice any corrosion then you can have your brake booster replaced at no cost.

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