Brake Light Switch Failure May Cause ESP/BAS Warning Lights on Mercedes-Benz SLK320

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 81,986 (10,200–195,007)
4 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
15 people reported this problem
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The drivers side rear brake light is off, the bulb is
perfect, can't figure out how to correct this issue.
Can you help?
The esp/ bas light kicked on then the abs light came on and the car began to lock the front passenger tire up and I had done research and I found out about the switch is a very good fix an after one day it's still good
car completely stopped (ESP/BASP) - I had to reset them by restarting the engine and turning the steering wheel
I was told by MB certified shop after a $130 diagonsis, to have the brake housing unit circuit sensor replaced $647 which I did not do. Instead a mechanic replaced the tail light socket $15 part, labor $130 and it's still working.
I've had the ESP and "light bulb"
Icon come on numerous times.
My dealership insists that my car had the recall work done for this problem. I have no memory or record of that work being done.
I've taken my car in on four separate occasions. They've replaced the brake light switch, the brake lights and the brake light housings. The problem persists. They can't find anything wrong but I still have the same problem. They've had my car in their shop for a total of six plus weeks. I've paid thousands of dollars to repair the issue. They can't find the problem. What should I do? The car has been garage kept has under 60,000 miles. Please help. Thank you