Recall Central: Mercedes-Benz Recalls M-Class SUV, Sprinter Cargo Van

The latest bunch of recalls revolves around the Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV for faulty cruise control systems, and underperforming seatbelts installed in Dodge Sprinter cargo vans.

2000 - 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, 2000 - 2004 ML55 AMG

The Problem: Certain M-Class SUVs may have been built with faulty brake switches that may prevent drivers from deactivating the cruise control by means of a light tap on the brake pedal (greater pressure, along with using the cancel or off buttons, will still deactivate the system). Drivers may experience a delay in slowing a vehicle, which may subsequently increase the chance of an accident (To date, Mercedes-Benz reports no accidents or injuries attributed to this issue). The Fix: Dealers will replace the defective switch on the affected vehicles free of charge. Mercedes will begin contacting customers in the coming months. Customers seeking further information can contact the manufacturer by calling 1-800-367-6372.

Number of vehicles potentially affected: 136,751 M-Class SUVs manufactured between August 1999 and July 2002, along with ML55 AMG vehicles built between August 1999 and June 2004.

2008 - 2011 Dodge, Freightliner, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 and 3500

The problem: Seat belts found on optional bench seats available for the passenger compartment may not meet minimum code set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Belts on the affected bench seats may not lock as required, and the assembly loop does not appear to meet minimum force requirements. No injuries have been reported as a result of the defective belts.

The fix: Dealers will inspect and replace defective seat belts free of charge, and begin notifying customers in May. Customers seeking further information regarding the recall can reach the manufacturer by calling 843-695-5000.

Number of vehicles potentially affected: 3437 vehicles manufactured between October 2007 and February 2011 were built with the optional bench seat, and are subject to this recall.

Christine
How about I have 1999 ML320 and the recall was for my year on the Catalytic Converters, but not according to my VIN number. So I paid $3000 when they failed at the same time the recall was issued.
David Boothman
I think the seat heater on my ML 320 that shorted out and burned my Wife's ass is way more important. but the NHTSA and Mercedes do not agree despite numerous incidents and complaints. Having problems with a luxury vehicle is understandable but failure to take responsibility certainly is not.

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