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Urgent warning for 17,000 Aussie drivers as Mercedes-Benz cars are recalled over a brake fault 

‘Stop driving IMMEDIATELY’: Urgent warning for 17,000 Aussie drivers as their cars are recalled over a brake fault

  • ML, GL and R Class models, manufactured in the years 2005 – 2013 are affected
  • Braking performance could be affected by sealing corrosion that might occur 
  • This may increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to road users

The federal government has urgently recalled three Mercedes-Benz models due to faulty brakes affecting the safety of more than 17,000 drivers in the country. 

Models affected range from the ML, GL and R Class models, manufactured in the years 2005 – 2013 – with 17,687 units affected.

‘Stop driving your vehicle immediately and contact an authorised Mercedes-Benz service centre to arrange for an inspection as soon as possible,’ the government website said on Thursday. 

A reduction in braking performance with Mercedes-Benz vehicles could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.

‘A reduction in braking performance could increase the risk of an accident causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.’

The defects concern the sealing connected to the brake booster, which may reduce significantly from corrosion, with fears hard braking could do serious damage in some cases.  

The faults could lead to leakage of the brake booster bringing on a ‘reduction in braking performance’.

Mercedes-Benz authorised service centres will inspect vehicles to see if there is much corrosion, and will test the brake booster. 

The high-end vehicle company will work with owners to arrange an alternate transport solution if needed until the affected parts are replaced.

Mercedes-Benz Recall Support

1800 074 939

MB-recallsupport@cdmdirect.com.au

Mercedes-Benz models affected

You can refer to the table below for Models, Model Years, and the first six digits of Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the affected vehicles

Model VIN first 6 Digits Year

ML 280 WDC164 2005 – 2011

ML 300 WDC164 2005 – 2011

ML 320 WDC164 2005 – 2011

ML 350 WDC164 2005 – 2011

ML 500 WDC164 2005 – 2011

ML 63 WDC164 2005 – 2011

GL 320 WDC164 2006 – 2012

GL 350 WDC164 2006 – 2012

GL 420 WDC164 2006 – 2012

GL 450 WDC164 2006 – 2012

GL 500 WDC164 2006 – 2012

R 280 WDC251 2005 – 2016

R 300 WDC251 2005 – 2016

R 320 WDC251 2005 – 2016

R 350 WDC251 2005 – 2016

R 500 WDC251 2005 – 2016

R 63 WDC251 2005 – 2016

Note: All R Class on the table after 2012 are vehicles that may have been privately imported into Australia 

Source: Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications 

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