Daimler AG announced that will recall about 136, 750 M-Class and M-Class AMG vehicles in the U.S. because of some cruise control problems.
According to NHTSA, the cruise control system in the affected vehicles allows the driver to disengage the system in a number of ways, including tapping the brake pedal, using the cruise control stalk, or braking the vehicle enough to reach a certain rate of deceleration.
However, U.S. federal safety regulators said that under certain circumstances use of the brake pedal may not automatically disengage cruise control as expected by the driver, although the other means of deactivating cruise control remain fully operative. Specifically, where the driver pumps the brakes rather than applying consistent pedal force, the level of force required may be unusually high.
The recall was prompted by several complaints from consumers, NHTSA said. The recall covers model year 2000-2002 M-Class and 2000-2004 M-Class AMG vehicles.
Dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin during september 2011. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz at 1-800-367-6372.