Mercedes-Benz SA recalls 3 000 cars over steering mechanisms

SnipImage(16)Mercedes-Benz SA, luxury car maker, announced on Monday that it was recalling 3 085 including C-Class and E-Class models as part of the worldwide effort to fix over 85 000 cars with faulty steering mechanisms.

This recall comes less than two weeks after its rival BMW SA made recall plans of its own.

Shirle Greig, spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz SS, said the car manufacturer will notify its affected customers and the repairs to the pump will be done free of charge at authorised Mercedes-Benz dealers.

The vehicle, Greig said, remains steerable at all times.

Greig said the power steering system on Mercedes-Benz C and E-Class models produced between June 2009 and February 2010 may develop a leak of power steering fluid at the connection between the high pressure line and the pump.

The gradual loss of fluid is generally followed by a whining noise from the pump, and can lead to higher than normal required steering forces, particularly during parking manoeuvres.

The vehicle remains steerable at all times, Greig said.

In South Africa, BMW SA is recalling about 3 700 cars as part of the global drive to fix 350 000 vehicles, which also includes 5 800 Rolls-Royce Phantom models.

On September 1, German-based parent BMW AG announced that it was recalling 5, 6 and 7 Series models powered by V8 and V12 engines as well as Rolls-Royce Phantom models. The faulty cars have braking systems that leak.

[Info from I-Net Bridge]

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