Mercedes-Benz USA announced on Aug. 30, 2018 they will recall more than 9,000 vehicles containing poorly calibrated rear brake components.
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The manufacturer’s Jacksonville, Florida-based branch notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) they will recall 9,044 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE350 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE350, 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE43 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63S 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS550 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLS63 4Matic, 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE43 4Matic, and 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLE63S 4Matic vehicles built between April 5 and June 26, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain rear brake caliper pistons lacking proper coating. Without this coating gas can enter the brake’s hydraulic circuit, reducing braking performance and increasing crash risk.
Component supplier ZF Group of Livonia, Michigan notified Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler AG in June 2018 about potentially incorrectly coated rear brake caliper pistons. Daimler’s engineers cooperated with ZF Group analysts and found a production deviation embedded hydrogen in the brake caliper piston material during the coating process. Unintended gas in the circuit can degrade braking performance.
Daimler’s engineers stated in August 2018 they could not rule out potential safety risks, prompting the company to issue a voluntary safety recall.
Mercedes-Benz will notify owners, and dealers will bleed the rear axle brake system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early September 2018. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372. Mercedes-Benz’s number for this recall is 2018080013. Mercedes-Benz owners can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to help you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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