According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
Mercedes-Benz USA will be recalling 136,751 potentially affected M-Class
and M-Class AMG vehicles in September of this year due to a defective
cruise control system that may not automatically deactivate during braking.
The recall, which includes model year 2000-2002 M-Class and model year
2000-2004 M-class AMG vehicles, is issued out of the concern that the
defective cruise control system may increase the risk of a
San Jose car accident.
The cruise control system in the affected vehicles can be disengaged by
pumping the brake pedal, using the cruise control stalk, or braking hard
enough to reach the desired deceleration rate. However, under certain
circumstances, braking may not automatically deactivate the cruise control,
which in turn, may result in unsafe road speeds. Involuntarily driving
faster when intending to slow down increases the risk of a car accident,
especially a rear-end collision.
Although there are other fully operational means that can deactivate the
cruise control, a driver may not have time to try them before a crash.
Northern California Mercedes-Benz M-Class vehicle owners will be able
to take their car to a dealer for a cost-free repair and can contact Mercedes-Benz
at 1-800-367-6372. Owners should refrain from using the cruise control
system until it is repaired.
Auto manufacturers have an obligation to produce and sell safe, dependable
vehicles. However, vehicles that are flawed in a way that endangers drivers,
passengers, and other motorists inevitably end up on the road. This is
most often the result of negligence. If an auto manufacturer produces
a shoddily constructed car, or a salesman or company sells a car with
known defects and an accident results, those at-fault can be held accountable
for victims’ injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident caused by defective
car product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and
other losses. The experienced
San Jose auto product liability attorneys of Van Der Walde & Associates, LLP, can determine the best course
of legal action for your particular case. Please call us today at (800)
900-0863 for a consultation.