Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall, which involves 5800 vehicles, which have brake problems. As a result, the smoke may be seen near the vehicle’s wheels. In addition to that, it may seem as if the vehicle attempts to slow down because brake pads interact with the rotors.
The automaker became aware of the incidents concerning problematic brake system in 2016. However, Mercedes didn’t succeed in replicating the problem. Actually, affected vehicle owners notice smoke near the wheels. So, they thought their vehicles were on fire. However, the carmaker explains that there was no fire.
Engineers investigated this issue in detail. As an outcome, they discovered there was no problem with the relevant hardware components. That’s why; the automaker moved the investigation process to the electronic stability program. It turns out that the origin of the issue is the improper electronic stability program software.
According to the information provided by the carmaker, the adaptive cruise control may initiate the automatic braking and later stop. So, if this happens, it may cause a low pressure to remain in the hydraulic brake system. As a consequence, the braking system may go on using very small pressure while the brake pad is still touching the vehicle’s rotor. If a driver keeps on driving the vehicle, it will lead to the smoke around the wheels.
Mercedes-Benz also informs the root of this safety defect is applying the vehicle’s brake pad constantly. This makes brake fluid’s heat up in the brake caliper. So, it results in high pressure in the vehicle’s brake system. In this situation, there is a risk of fire, as the vehicle’s brake performance can be degraded.
In case of a problem, one can see smoke around the vehicle’s fender wells. Then, the vehicle may slow down because of the dragging brakes.
The recall applies to the following vehicles: Mercedes-Benz SLK 250 of the model year 2015, Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 of the model year 2016, as well as Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG of the model year 2017 and Mercedes-Benz SLC 43 AMG of the model year 2017.
What to do if you own a vehicle affected by the recall?
If you own one of the affected vehicles, you should know the recall will start until the end of June 2017. As soon as you get a recall notice, you can take your car to the local dealership and have the electronic stability program software updated. If you still have questions concerning the recall, don’t hesitate to call the carmaker at 800-367-6372.