Legally reviewed by: Jessica Anvar Stotz, JD, MBA

The integrity of a vehicle’s brake system stands as one of the paramount aspects ensuring driver and passenger safety on the roads. Mercedes-Benz, renowned for its engineering excellence, has recently issued a recall of more than 42,000 vehicles over missing brake inspection gauges. As a result of this issue, affected vehicles may be missing a gauge that monitors the condition of the vehicle rear brake pads.

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    Which vehicles are affected by the Mercedes Brake Pad Sensors recall?

    A vehicle’s braking system is a sophisticated assembly of components designed to slow down or stop a vehicle when necessary. This critical mechanism involves several parts working in tandem: brake pads, rotors, calipers, brake lines, and the master cylinder. Any malfunction or deterioration within these components can compromise braking efficiency, potentially leading to hazardous situations on the road.

    Affected vehicles may not be equipped with inspection gauges to check the wear of the rear brake pads.  The specific Mercedes model vehicles affected by this recall are from the 2019 through 2021 model years and include the following:

    • 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz A220
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB250
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG A35
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA45
    • 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA35
    • 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA250

    affected mercedes vehicles in this brake pad recall

    What is the reason behind the Mercedes brake pad recall?

    Recalls, while not uncommon in the automotive industry, often grab headlines due to their impact on consumer safety and confidence. Mercedes-Benz, among other automotive manufacturers, occasionally initiates recalls to address specific concerns related to their vehicles’ brake systems. These recalls typically occur when the company identifies a potential flaw or safety issue that could affect the braking performance of certain models.

    According to Mercedes, affected vehicles are missing the rear brake pad inspection gauge and the owner’s manual may be missing information on how to use the inspection gauges.

    What should you do if you own or lease an affected vehicle?

    Recalls can cause inconvenience for vehicle owners, requiring them to visit authorized service centers for inspection or repair. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that these measures are in the best interest of consumer safety. Through recalls, manufacturers aim to promptly resolve potential issues, often at no cost to the vehicle owner, ensuring that their vehicles meet the highest safety standards.

    Mercedes plans to notify owners with recall letters that are to be mailed on December 21, 2023. If you own or lease a Mercedes that is subject to the brake pad sensor recall, authorized Mercedes Benz dealerships will install an inspection gauge and provide you with supplemental owner’s manual information.

    What are the Mercedes Benz brake pad sensor details in a nutshell?

    Being aware of recalls and promptly addressing them is vital for vehicle owners. Manufacturers notify registered vehicle owners about recalls through official communication channels.

    However, individuals can also proactively check for recalls by utilizing VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) lookup tools provided by manufacturers or regulatory bodies. Acting promptly upon receiving a recall notice ensures that any identified issues with the vehicle’s brake system or other components are addressed timely, maintaining optimal safety standards.

    The Issue Affected vehicles are missing rear brake pad inspection gauges and the owner’s manuals might not tell drivers how to use the inspection gauges.
    The Fix Installation of a new inspection gauge and an updated owner’s manual free of charge.
    Important Dates Owners must be notified by 12/31/2023.
    Mercedes Contact Information (800) 367-6372
    NHTSA Number 23V-732
    NHTSA Information

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