Why is it important: Owners of older Mercedes-Benz SUVs are advised to stop driving immediately due to a problem that could lead to brake failure. The automaker is recalling 292,000 vehicles and is even offering to tow damaged SUVs to dealerships for service.

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“Mercedes Benz” statement confirms that on some 2006-2012 model year ML, GL and R-class vehicles, brake booster performance may be affected by advanced corrosion at the body joint area due to moisture penetration under the rubber bushing installed on the housing area.

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The resulting vacuum leak in the brake booster can mean that more force is needed to apply the vehicle’s brakes, which increases stopping distance. In the worst case, damage to the booster can occur, resulting in total brake failure.

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Although there have been no reports of accidents or injuries as a result of this problem, Mercedes-Benz advises owners not to drive affected vehicles, not even to dealerships. The company offers owners free towing to get to the workshops, where the brake booster rubber sleeve will be removed, the brake housing inspected and parts replaced if necessary. Mercedes-Benz will also help customers secure alternative transportation if necessary repairs cannot be made immediately.

You can find out if your SUV is part of this or any other recall by entering its 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Web site.

It’s pretty rare these days to see a large-scale recall that doesn’t apply to Tesla. EV this week announced that 130,000 cars suffered from CPU overheating; 817,000 were withdrawn due to a lack of warning about seat belts earlier this year; and NHTSA issued safety review nearly 54,000 Tesla electric vehicles in January due to their “sliding stop” feature.

Head credit: Jim Founce