Sales associate Stephen Joyner, right, assists customer Ron Trivone with a 2012 Daimler AG Mercedes-Benz ML-Class sports utility vehicle (SUV) at a car dealership in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images) SOURCE: Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 292,000 SUVs and advising owners of the vehicles to stop driving them until a potential problem — which could cause the power brake system to fail — can be fixed if needed.
The recall and advisory apply to Mercedes ML-, GL-. and R-class SUVs from the 2006 through 2012 model years. Brake boosters, which provide power assistance to the brakes, can corrode over an extended period of time, especially when exposed to significant amounts of water, according to announcements from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Mercedes. Corrosion can allow air to leak into the system, weakening the power brakes. This would cause drivers to have to exert more force to bring the vehicle to a stop and could lead to increased stopping distances.