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13 Mercedes Benz Recalls in 2009


Windshield May Become Loose - SMART - FOUR TWO (2009)


Fault: Adhesion faults may occur between the individual paint coatings at the bonding surface of the roof and the windshield. Under extreme conditions this could lead to peeling of the roof or the windshield which may lead to the windshield/roof becoming loose.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to renew the paint work bonding of the roof and windshield.

Number of Recalls: 26


Reference Number: R/2008/135

Airbag May Not Deploy - Vito & Viano (2009)


Fault: The window air bags may not fully deploy.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to replace the window air bags.

Vehicles Effected: June 24 2008 to October 15 2008

Number of Recalls: 18


Reference Number: R/2008/176

Parking Brake May Fail - Vito and Viano (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that the potential exists for a material defect to be present in the retaining clip for the outer cable of the left hand rear parking brake. Should the retaining clip fail the outer cable would become detached resulting in holding effect of the parking brake being lost.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the left hand rear parking brake cable including the clips replaced.

Number of Recalls: 362


Reference Number: R/2008/173

Airbag May Not Fully Inflate - VITO (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that due to a faulty aluminium housing the front passenger airbags may not deploy when required. On deployment the inner wall of the container may break resulting in the airbag failing to fully inflate and parts possibly dispersing into the vehicle.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the subject airbags replaced.

Number of Recalls: 3


Reference Number: R/2008/160

Steering Could Be Impaired - S - CLASS (2009)


Fault: It has been established that the service life of the ABC (Active Body Control) suspension lower ball joint on the front suspension struts does not meet Mercedes-Benz strict quality requirements. In cases of extreme loads the joint could fail which could possibly result in the vehicle losing directional control. Reports of this issue have only occur on very high mileages vehicle which have had been subject to use in rough conditions.

Repair: Recall all affected vehicles to check the ball joint on the front suspension struts and replace the ball joints where necessary.

Number of Recalls: 209


Reference Number: R/2009/011

Steering Column Weld Not To Specification - Steering Column Tube Bracket - Sprinter Vans (2009)


Fault: The bracket mounting the steering column to the body may fail because of inadequate welding on the joint at the tube. This can cause the column to tilt down and limited the degree of steering ability.

Repair: Recall the replacement steering columns that have been sold and the replacement steering columns that are in stock.

Vehicles Effected: October 01 2007 to May 31 2008

Number of Recalls: 64


Reference Number: RCOMP/2008/012

Possible Engine Bay Fire - SPRINTER (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that as a result of a cracked piston engine damage can occur whereby oil is ejected into the engine bay and may ignite after coming into contact with hot engine components.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will be fitted with modified engine control software.

Number of Recalls: 1537


Reference Number: R/2009/025

Possible Engine Bay Fire And Parking Brake Failure - SPRINTER (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that as a result of a cracked piston engine damage can occur whereby oil is ejected into the engine bay and may ignite after coming into contact with hot engine components. It has further been identified that the threaded portion of the brake adjuster for the parking brake may break under load due to the wall thickness being too slight. Should a failure occur the parking brake would become ineffective.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will be fitted with modified engine control software and will also have the parking brake adjuster replaced with a quality assured item.

Number of Recalls: 95


Reference Number: R/2009/026

Spare Wheel May Detach From The Vehicle - VITO & VIANO (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that the under floor mounted spare wheel may detach from the vehicle due to breakage of the spare wheel support.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the spare wheel carrier replaced.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2003 to December 31 2008

Number of Recalls: 22604


Reference Number: R/2009/018

Parking Brake May Fail - Sprinter (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that on certain vehicles the threaded insert of the parking brake adjuster may break under load due to insufficient wall thickness. Should breakage of the adjuster occur parking brake efficiency will be lost.

Repair: Recalled vehicle will have the parking brake adjuster replaced with a quality assured item.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2006 to December 31 2006

Number of Recalls: 16


Reference Number: R/2009/045

Automatic Liftgate May Open Inadvertently - ML CLASS (2009)


Fault: Automatic liftgate may open inadvertently due to moisture entry into the control unit from water leaks in the area of the rear lamps.

Repair: Recall the vehicles that are likely to be affected to reposition the control unit and replace the seals of the right and left rear lamp units.

Vehicles Effected: July 01 2008 to March 31 2009

Number of Recalls: 2685


Reference Number: R/2009/031

Fire May Occur - Sprinter (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that due to a fault with the previous recall to perform an engine ECU flash upgrade engine damage could occur as a result of piston cracking. As a consequence and in the worst case oil may enter the engine compartment where it could come into contact with hot engine parts which may result in a fire.

Repair: Recalled vehicles will have the subject ECU loaded with modified software.

Vehicles Effected: January 01 2006 to December 31 2007

Number of Recalls: 132


Reference Number: R/2009/061

Loss Of Transmission May Occur - Actros (2009)


Fault: It has been identified that the transmission oil cooler pipes may not have been manufactured to the correct specification. This can result in the pipes vibrating and breaking in the vicinity of the alternator.

Repair: Recalled vehicle will have the subject oil cooler pipes replaced.

Number of Recalls: 2


Reference Number: R/2009/072

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