SaferCar.gov announced a recall of 136,751 Mercedes-Benz vehicles due to defective cruise control systems on Wednesday, April 13th. The vehicles included in the recall are M-Class vehicles from model years 2000-2002 and M-Class AMG vehicles from model years 2000-2004.
The recall was prompted after the auto manufacturer concluded that the brake pedal in the affected vehicles may not disengage the cruise control automatically as a motorist would expect under certain circumstances. While other means of deactivating the cruise control are operational; such as making use of the cruise control stalk, tapping the brake pedal, or braking to reach the desired rate of deceleration, Mercedes has found that when the brakes in the affected vehicles are pumped instead of having consistent force applied to the pedal, an unusually high level of force may be required. As a consequence, a motorist may find it difficult to disengage the vehicle’s cruise control and/or there may be a delay in disengagement, which can increase the risk of an accident.
At no charge, dealers are expected to repair the affected vehicles. The recall is expected to start in September of this year. Consumers with questions can contact Mercedes-Benz by calling 1-800-367-6372.
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