Mercedes-Benz Urgent Recall – ‘Stop Driving Immediately’


Mercedes-Benz Australia has today issued an urgent recall for ML-Class, GL-Class, and R-Class manufactured between 2005 to 2013.

Mercedes-Benz has cited a major fault with the vehicles braking system.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the recall will affect 17,687 vehicles.

The recall noticed submitted to the federal government found “The sealing of the brake booster may reduce due to corrosion. The corrosion might lead to leakage of the brake booster and a reduction in braking performance. In cases of very severe corrosion, hard braking may damage the brake booster resulting in a reduction of braking performance.”

The statement went on to clarify that the hazards due to this fault include “A reduction in braking performance could increase the risk of an accident-causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and other road users.”

How can I check if my car is part of the Mercedes-Benz Recall?

Mercedes has advised to refer to the table below for Models, Model years and the first six digits of the Vehicle Identification (VIN) of the affected vehicles.

Model VIN first 6 Digits Year

ML 280 WDC164 2005 - 2011
ML 300 WDC164 2005 - 2011
ML 320 WDC164 2005 - 2011
ML 350 WDC164 2005 - 2011
ML 500 WDC164 2005 - 2011
ML 63 WDC164 2005 - 2011
GL 320 WDC164 2006 - 2012
GL 350 WDC164 2006 - 2012
GL 420 WDC164 2006 - 2012
GL 450 WDC164 2006 - 2012
GL 500 WDC164 2006 - 2012
R 280 WDC251 2005 - 2016
R 300 WDC251 2005 - 2016
R 320 WDC251 2005 - 2016
R 350 WDC251 2005 - 2016
R 500 WDC251 2005 - 2016
R 63 WDC251 2005 - 2016

What Should Owners of an affected Mercedes-Benz Vehicle Do?

In the official statement released by the Government affected owners have been urged to Stop driving your vehicle immediately and contact an authorised Mercedes-Benz service centre to arrange for an inspection as soon as possible.

What type of repairs need to be completed?

Upon arrival to your local Mercedes-Benz dealership, Mercedes-Benz will perform a visual inspection on your vehicle to see if the corrosion is present. If Mercedes-Benz finds signs of advanced corrosion, they will perform a guided diagnostic test. Replacement will be required if the brake booster does not pass this test.

What if my car needs further works?

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed they will work with owners to arrange an alternate transport solution until the affected parts are replaced.

To find your closest Mercedes-Benz Dealership click here.

To read the full government recall press release click here.

Other Vehicle Recalls

There are many other vehicles currently under recall. To find out if your vehicle is currently under a recall, please visit the official government recall website here.

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