Mercedes-Benz is recalling 136,751 2000-2002 M-Class and 2000-2004 M-Class AMG models after reports of the cruise control function not automatically turning after hitting the brakes. The recall was intitiated after a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in December last year. The the problem is reportedly caused by a failed brake lamp switch, which not only causes the cruise control issue but also prevents the vehicle being shifted out of park. As a result, Daimler AG has issued a technical service bulletin to replace the faulty brake lamp switch. Affected customers will have their faulty switches replaced when the recall begins in September. The NHTSA also has announced the recall of some 2008-2011 model year Sprinter vans for a passenger compartment seatbelt issue. The recall is only for Sprinter vans with a second row bench seat and concerns seat belts that might not lock as required. Additionally the NHTSA says the the assembly loop may not perform to minimum force requirements. Mercedes-Benz has taken responsibility from Dodge for sales and service of all Sprinter Vans so owners of affected vehicles need to have their vans serviced for the defective assemblies at the Mercedes outlet closest to them. Seatbelt recalls should always be taken seriously since defective belts lead to increased risk of injury or death.
Emmanuel P April 5, 2011