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 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.
The fresh recall comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched action against the sophisticated car brand makers last year.