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Mercedes-Benz Recalls SUVs for Brake Issue

Consumer Reports logo Consumer Reports 8/29/2018 Keith Barry
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Mercedes-Benz is recalling over 9,000 of its 2018 GLE and GLS SUVs because of a brake issue. The rear brakes may not engage fully because of a faulty part, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said. In addition, the vehicles’ electronic stability control may not engage fully, and drivers may notice that the brake pedal moves too close to the floor of the car, NHTSA said.

The agency says that the issue was discovered when the part supplier notified Mercedes-Benz.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: 9,044 SUVs including 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE350, GLS450, GLS550, AMG GLE43, AMG GLE63, AMG GLE63S, and AMG GLS63 SUVs manufactured between April 5, 2018 and June 26, 2018

The problem: Because a surface coating was not properly applied to rear brake calipers, gas may end up in the rear brake hydraulic circuit, which may lead to reduced braking performance.

The fix: Mercedes-Benz dealers will bleed the rear axle brake system. No components will be replaced.

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How to contact the manufacturer: The recall is expected to start in early September 2018. Owners of affected vehicles may also contact Mercedes-Benz USA at 1-800-367-6372.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V-539

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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