Mercedes-Benz Recall Issued Due to Risk of Front Axle Corrosion and Failure

Nearly 40,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and SUV's are recalled over defects which may cause complete loss of steering control.

A recall has been issued for several models of Mercedes-Benz cars and SUV’s, which may experience premature wear of the front axel carrier and a fracture risk, potentially resulting in sudden loss of steering control.

The U.S. National highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the Mercedes-Benz recall on January 4, warning owners of certain SUV’s and cars about the risk of front axle corrosion and failure.

Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC  first learned of the issue in May 2020, after internal endurance testing determined the front axle carrier supplied for certain Mercedes SUV’s and cars may weaken prematurely. An investigation revealed the root cause of the problem was due to a manufacturing defect in which the parts did not receive proper corrosion protection.

While Mercedes officials stated they have not received any reports of crashes or injuries arising from corroding integral carrier components, the investigation determined the defect poses a safety risk to owners.

Officials warn affected owners that in the event of a front axle carrier failure, drivers may experience a complete loss of steering control which could result in a crash and serious injury.

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The recall affects an estimated 38,312 model year 2019 through 2020 A220, 2021 AMG GLB35 and 2020 GLB250 modes distributed for sale throughout the U.S. at licensed Mercedes-Benz dealers.

The automaker plans to notify owners with a mailed notice of the defect by February 15, which will include instructions on how to schedule a free repair at their local dealer, where dealers will be instructed to inspect and replace the integral carrier, as necessary.

Customers with additional questions or concerns surrounding the recall are encouraged to contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372, and to report any incident reports to the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.


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