Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly one million cars sold worldwide between 2004 and 2015 over concerns that brakes could fail, the company said on Monday.
The immediate recall affects the ML and GL series of sport utility vehicles, both of which are popular with drivers in the United States, as well as the luxury R-Class minivans, Mercedes said in an emailed statement. .
Tests have shown that advanced corrosion in the brake booster housing seal area of some vehicles can cause problems with the brake mechanism, the company said.
“After an extended time in the field and in conjunction with significant water exposure, this corrosion could lead to the brake booster leaking,” he said. The issue could result in “increased brake pedal forces required to decelerate the vehicle and/or potentially increased stopping distance.”