Mercedes-Benz recalls over 8k ML-Class SUVs over dangerous floor mat flaw
Mercedes-Benz has announced the recall of select all-season accessory floor mats sold for use in model year 2012 and 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUVs. According to the recall notice, the floor mats in question may not properly conform to the contour of the vehicle’s floor plan. The recall affects 8,675 ML350, ML550 and ML63 models.
As a result, the clearance between the mat and gas pedal may be reduced. Consequently, the gas pedal may become stuck, which may prevent it from retracting. An improperly retracting pedal may inhibit the vehicle’s deceleration, thus increasing the likelihood of a crash. If the gas pedal does become trapped, drivers can bring the vehicle to a stop through steady brake application.
Mercedes-Benz will notify customers of the recall beginning in September 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners of affected vehicles will receive new floor mats, free of charge. Customers are advised to remove their floor mats until replacement mats become available. In the meantime, owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372. ML-Class drivers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.
The news marks the first M-Class recall since April 2011 when Mercedes-Benz voluntarily recalled more than 136,000 SUVs over cruise control concerns.
The Mercedes-Benz ML-Class was first launched in February 1997 for the 1998 model year. The ML-Class was the first luxury SUV to be equipped with electronic stability control. Upon its introduction, the ML-Class earned impressive insurance industry crash test ratings thanks to its innovative front- and side-impact airbags with advanced occupant detection.
Now in its 3rd generation, the current ML-Class lineup features an improved 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission for increased fuel economy, optional Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Lane Departure Warning System and AirMatic, an adjustable-height air suspension system.
Mercedes-Benz currently manufactures its ML-Class lineup in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.