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Whats the problem with Mercedes Sprinter vans?
Mercedes-Benz has had a few recalls over the years, but this new one could be serious if not addressed. There’s apparently a problem with the electric parking brakes on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter, as well as the Freightliner Sprinter vans. This affects approximately 9,000 vehicles from the 2019 to 2020 model years, which is why Mercedes-Benz issued the recall.
The problem actually occurs in the rear braking system. The calipers located in the rear brakes are known to leak brake fluid in some of these vans. Unfortunately, the leaks drip into the housing of the parking brake, which connects to the rear axle brake structure.
Because of this, air gets into the hydraulic brake system, which causes the brake pedal to become soft. Without the firmness of the brake pedal, the brakes can’t work properly and that could spell disaster if the problem isn’t addressed and resolved.
January 2022 Mercedes Sprinter Van Recall
By the end of 2021, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van manufacturer Daimler Vans USA, LLC submitted a Part 573 Safety Recall Report to the NHTSA. The NHTSA acknowledged the recall in January 2022, and dealers began to be notified that nearly 50,000 vehicles were being recalled.
According to the recall report, the population of affected vehicles encompassed two classes of vehicles:
2019-2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (VS30, Platform 907) vans with production dates between June 05, 2018, and November 30, 2020, that include both a manual parking brake and a 7-speed automatic transmission manufactured at the Hedelfingen transmission plant in Germany from May 1, 2018, to October 31, 2019.
2019-2021 Mercedes-Benz Freightliner Sprinter (VS30, Platform 907) vans with production dates between June 05, 2018, and November 30, 2020, that include both a manual parking brake and a 7-speed automatic transmission manufactured in the Hedelfingen transmission plant from May 1, 2018, to October 31, 2019.
All told, the manufacturer puts the number of vehicles potentially involved in the recall at 48,400, although the company estimated that just 1% of the vehicles were actually affected by the defect that prompted the recall.
That defect, according to the recall report, is “a rare and temporary park lock system error” pertaining to the vehicle’s ESP Control Unit Software. The report goes on to say that, “despite Mercedes-Benz’s intensive investigation, multifaceted testing, analyses, and evaluation, no clear and specific technical root cause for the rare phenomenon has yet been identified and confirmed.”
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter RecallItem Affected: STRUCTURE: BODY: DOOR Date Announced: 02/09/2015
Description of Recall:Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC – DBA Sprinter (Sprinter) is recalling certain model year 2015 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles manufactured July 1, 2014, to October 14, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the abutting wedge, a component attached to the door jamb to make opening the door easier after a severe frontal impact, may have been installed incorrectly.
Action Need To Fix It:Sprinter will notify owners, and dealers will check the installation of the abutting wedge, correcting it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began in March 2015. Owners may contact Sprinter customer service at 1-877-762-8267. FIND YOUR LOCAL Mercedes-Benz Service Center
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