Mercedes-Benz SLC SLK Recall


Mercedes-Benz SLC SLK Recall

I’m Ed Smith, a Modesto personal injury lawyer. Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker, has recently issued a recall for a brake system defect in 5,818 of their vehicles. The recall has been listed as a safety issue due to the potential risk of a fire from the brake components dragging and overheating.

Recall Information

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently published a safety recall for certain year and model Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The safety issue of this recall stems from the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system of the vehicles. The system may incorrectly keep the brakes slightly applied, resulting in a brake drag. If a motorist constantly applies the brakes during a long drive, the components of the brake system may heat up or in serious cases, catch fire. This may affect the braking performance of the vehicle, increasing the risk of an automobile accident or injury.

Which Vehicles?

The recent Mercedes-Benz brake system recall affects the following vehicles:

  • 2015: SLK 250
  • 2016: SLK 350
  • 2016-2017: SLC 300
  • 2017: SLC 43 AMG

Recall Remedy

Mercedes-Benz USA will notify owners of the affected vehicles in the recall. When owners take their vehicles in to the dealer, the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system will be updated at no charge. According to the NHTSA, the recall is expected to start in late June of 2017. Vehicle owners may contact the Mercedes-Benz USA customer service line at (800) 367-6372 for more information.

Effects of a Brake Drag

A brake drag oftentimes occurs due to an incomplete brake pad release. If a brake drag is not repaired properly or reduced, it can cause other issues in your vehicle. A brake drag may result in reduced fuel economy of the engine or even premature rotor or brake pad wear. Even though a brake drag may appear as a minor problem, the issue could also lead to the potential burning of the brake lining and score or even distort the rotors and drums, which will later present a strong need for new parts. In worst case scenarios, the issue could lead to a potential fire. It is best to always inspect your vehicle or obtain a second opinion from a trusted mechanic to ensure the safety of yourself and your family members.

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