Mercedes is recalling about 1 million cars worldwide, some of them almost 20 years old, to fix possible brake issues.
The recall will involve M-Class and GL-Class SUVs, as well as R-Class minivans built between 2004 and 2015. This means that many of the cars in question will make their first trip to an official Mercedes dealer in a decade.
Mercedes says it has identified a potential issue with the brake boosters installed on these vehicles and is immediately recalling 994,407 SUVs. If this story sounds familiar, it’s because in May the concern announced the recall of more than 320,000 Mercedes SUVs and minivans in North America for the same reason. Now the review has become global.
“The problem is related to the sleeve surrounding the brake booster, which can trap moisture. The presence of this moisture can corrode the brake booster and cause longer stopping distances or, in extreme cases, loss of braking effectiveness.”
Cars will be checked at dealerships for signs of corrosion, and any faulty components will be replaced free of charge.