Recall: Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi SUVs Have Safety Issues
December 29, 2008
Vehicle recalls happen all the time and can range from small defects to major malfunctions. They also have the potential to affect a very small or very large number of vehicles. Today, we see both ends of each spectrum as Mercedes-Benz and Mitsubishi have been hit with recalls for defective parts.
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 577 of its 2008 model year GL-, M- and R-Class vehicles to replace a faulty pin in the power steering system. The pin in question controls the oil pressure in the hydraulic power steering system and should it fail, the power steering system will stop working, making the vehicle difficult to steer. Should the power steering fail at an inopportune moment, it could lead to an accident. The recall will begin during January 2009, during which time Mercedes-Benz will contact affected owners and replace the steering gears on affected vehicles for free. Owners can contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372. The NHTSA Recall Number is: 08V682000 and the report can be found here.
Mitsubishi is recalling 21,493 of its 2007 and 2008 model year Outlander SUVs equipped with LED tail lights to replace a faulty brake switch. Should the switch fail, the brake lights will not illuminate when the driver presses the brake pedal, which could lead to a rear-end collision if a trailing vehicle does not realize the Outlander is stopping. The recall will begin during February 2009 with Mitsubishi contacting owners and replacing the faulty switch for free. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037. The NHTSA Recall Number is 08V680000 and the report can be found here.
Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration