This Mercedes-Benz recall is far more reaching than the last post. Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 137,000 M-class SUVs. The problem is serious: the cruise control on these Mercedes-Benz SUVs does not immediately turn off when drivers tap the brake pedal which is what we have grown to expect from cruise control over the past 20 years.
Mercedes-Benz says the vehicles in the recall may require an excessive amount of brake force before the cruise control will shut off. Sure, you can still turn off the cruise control manually. But we are all so programmed that you turn off the cruise control by hitting the break. In the moment, at 55 mph, we panic.
The vehicles involved are model year 2000 through 2002 Mercedes-Benz M-class SUVs and 2000 through 2004 M-class AMG SUVs. CNN reports that the recall starts in September. I’m hoping that is a misprint. M-class owners can call Mercedes-Benz customer service at 1-800-367-6372.