Brake Light Switch Failure May Cause ESP/BAS Warning Lights on Mercedes-Benz ML430

The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern. A recall on certain 2000-2001 models have been recalled for a related issue - for more information please click here»

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Average mileage: 129,523 (10,600–225,000)
3 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001
40 people reported this problem
18 people shared problem details
while driving the vehicle suddenly locks the brakes, nearly causing accidents. and after coming to a full stop, the brakes are still engaged for about 10-20 secs. and I has to drive the vehicle at about 10-20 mph...
My ESP& BAS light has been on for over a year
while driving, the BAS ESP ligth went on . i park the car turn the engine off . when i try to start the car again everything was fine ,exept for the warning light still on and i could not disengage from the parking position I was stuck.the solution was easy, but you have to know it;;; there is a switch at the buttom of the gear lever [just under the 1 gear] you need a pencil long enough to reach for it , then you push on it and it release the locking pin and you are free to go.... but better change the breack switch ....
ESP/BAS light intermittent on and off, goes away if turn ignition off
My BAS/EPS lights came on and have stayed on. The mechanic says it is a switch. I would like the information on the recall if it is available.
All Brake light indicators ABS, etc. have been permanently illuminated now for 0ver 6 months! I finally just put black duct tape over them to keep them from distracting me.
had the ESP/DAS warning light on
My ESP/BAS warning lights comes on occasionally. Wasn't aware this could have been caused by a faulty brake light switch. I would turn off the vehicle and restart it in the past to make the lights go out. I will replace the brake light switch and provide an update upon completion.
My BAS/ESP light came on while driving. I got home turned the car off and when I started it again to leave the car would not allow me to shift leaving me stuck in park.
My brake lights don't go on, cruise control don't work, bas lights on, shifter is locked. I will try this fix and reply if it worked.
Light stays one BAS ESP
The ESP and bas warning light came on and my brake lights are not working.
Light is on and off
Same issue BAS ESP light won't go out
BAS/ESP ETS and ABS lights stay illuminated
brake lights stuck on, pull top plug on switch and lights dgo out, don't work at all.
Esp/Bass warning lights were "ON' and "OFF'during my last trip to L.A (200 + Miles)
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