Sunday, 12 June 2022 18:16

Mercedes-Benz recalls more than 13 000 cars in SA due to brake failure concerns.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa has recalled 13 159 cars sold and manufactured between 2006 and 2019 due to possible brake failure concerns as a result of rusting on the housing joining points.

This occurs when the rubber sleeve over the brake booster housing stores moisture, after a long time or when exposed to water, causing the brake booster to rust which then affects the braking performance in cars.

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has urged some South African Mercedes-Benz owners to stop driving their cars, following a global recall.

The recall relates to possible brake failure due to corrosion in the housing joining points of the Mercedes-Benz ML, GL (model series 164) and R-Class (model series 251), manufactured between 2006 and 2019.

In a statement, the commission said the recall affects 13 159 cars in South Africa. 

"We understand that the defect may lead to a possible brake failure which may lead to accidents and injuries," said Acting National Consumer Commissioner Thezi Mabuza.

She added that consumers should stop driving the cars and contact Mercedes-Benz for further details on: 0800 133 355.

The NCC is monitoring the recall.