Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 1 million older vehicles from around the world due to potential braking system problems.
Over the weekend, the company stated that it will contact owners of the vehicles because their brakes may be affected by “advanced corrosion.”
The recall affects 993,407 vehicles in total, including 70,000 in Germany.
Last year, Mercedes recalled a similar number of vehicles due to a safety issue with their emergency call system.
The vehicles in the latest recall were manufactured between 2004 and 2015 and were from the ML and GL series of SUVs as well as the R-Class luxury minivans.
“We have found that in some of those vehicles, the function of the brake booster could be affected by advanced corrosion in the joint area of the housing,” Mercedes said in a statement on Saturday.
“It might be possible for a particularly strong or hard braking manoeuvre to cause mechanical damage to the brake booster,” it said.
“In such a very rare case, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle via the service brake. Thus the risk of a crash or injury would be increased,” it added.
Mercedes said the recall would begin immediately and would involve inspecting potentially faulty vehicles and replacing parts as needed.
The company recalled over 1 million vehicles in February due to a flaw in its “eCall” feature, which alerts emergency services of an accident and relays the vehicle’s location.
Because of the flaw, an incorrect location could be sent.
Because the issue was software-related, the majority of the work was done “over the air” – via a wireless download using the car’s existing mobile data connection.
Since 2018, all cars sold in the European Union must have the eCall system.