A Front Ball Joint May Fail Prematurely
Suspension & Steering, February 18, 2009
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Our Quick Take:
A front suspension ball joint may fail, resulting in a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
Consider this a high priority recall. A front ball joint could fail without warning. Please contact your Mercedes-Benz dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
One or both front suspension ball joints may fail. Vehicles with significant mileage are more prone to this type of failure. Dealers will inspect and replace the ball joints as necessary. The recall is scheduled to begin during February 2009.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
February 18, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
Potential Number of Units Affected:
MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING 1,515 MY 2007 S-CLASS VEHICLES. THE RADIAL KNUCKLE OF THE FRONT STRUT MAY FAIL. THE RADIAL KNUCKLE FLAW MAY OCCUR AFTER SIGNIFICANT MILEAGE ACCUMULATION COMBINED WITH EXPOSURE TO HIGH CONTINUOUS STRESS BY DRIVING ON ROUGH ROADS.
IF A RADIAL KNUCKLE FAILS, THE STEERING CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE MAY BE AFFECTED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL CHECK AND REPLACE, IF NECESSARY, THE BALL JOINT(S). THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.
CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration