If you own a Mercedes-Benz manufactured between 2004 and 2015, your vehicle may be subject to a recall. The ML and GL series, SUVs or R-Class luxury minivans, have been affected by a faulty brake booster.
The Mercedes-Benz brake booster recall
According to the BBC, “[I]n some of those vehicles, the function of the brake booster could be affected by advanced corrosion in the joint area of the housing.” This defect caused concern because it may be possible for a hard braking maneuver to cause mechanical damage to the brake booster. If that occurs, the driver would not be able to decelerate the vehicle with the service brake, which could lead to accidents and injuries.
The recall will begin immediately, and the company has promised to inspect the vehicles and replace faulty parts where necessary. At this time, no lawsuits have been filed and no injuries have been reported.
What to do when a product is recalled
Many companies voluntarily recall products before they’ve caused any harm. This helps limit any incidents. If you’re notified of a product recall—especially a vehicle recall—follow the recall instructions for your own safety. Most of the time, you will receive a refund, replacement or complimentary repairs. For instance, Mercedes will fix the recalled vehicles at no charge to the consumer.
However, if you’ve been injured due to a now-recalled product, call the Law Offices of Tim Misny right away. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, depending on the circumstances of your case. Whether that’s an individual lawsuit or class action is determined similarly.
If a defective product caused you actual harm, a products liability lawsuit might offer appropriate recourse. Products liability is a type of negligence and personal injury lawsuit. Manufacturers have a duty to create products that are safe for their intended use. When they breach that duty—whether through defective design, defective manufacturing processes or a failure to warn about the product’s dangers—and someone is injured, they can be held liable for damages.
Not every product recall begins with or ends in a lawsuit. However, it’s always worth consulting with an experienced personal injury and class action lawyer when you’re injured by a defective product. The Law Offices of Tim Misny can review your case, explain your legal options and describe the most likely outcome. Always pay attention to product recalls for your own safety—then call us for legal assistance.
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