Check brakes if sensotronic brake control (SBC) light comes on on Mercedes-Benz SL600

This vehicle has sensotronic brake control (SBC). If the SBC light on the dash illuminates, have the brakes checked. If the SBC is not working, limited brake pressure is delivered to the front brakes, increasing the distance it takes to stop. The SBC hydraulic unit has a specific service life programmed into the control module. Follow the manufacturer's recommended service procedure for proper maintenance of the SBC.

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Average mileage: 74,666 (48,000–122,000)
6 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009
9 people reported this problem
2 people shared problem details
Total brake failure this morning. very scary and potentiallly lethal driving a car without the ability to brake. Towed to Dealer for diagnostic. Don't know if I will ever be able to trust this vehicle again.
Total brake failure. I could have had a lethal accident if this happened while on the highway. Luckily enough it happened on a side road. This car should have had built-in redundancy for braking and revert back to manual braking in case of failure. This is an UNFORGIVABLE design mistake.
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