ESC Fault Causes Recall of Almost 50,000 Sprinters

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – Daimler Vans USA, LLC is recalling certain 2012-2018 Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 vans upfitted into campers or recreational vehicles due to a faulty electronic-stability control (ESC) module.

The affected population covers 48,667 vans which might suffer from a disabled ESC, according to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-042.

If ESC becomes disabled (which would be due to a malfunctioning rear-wheel speed sensor), vehicle driving stability may be impacted under certain driving conditions, increasing the risk of a crash.

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Daimler Vans was scheduled to notify Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealers this week and is scheduled to begin notifying owners next week as to the recall. Customers will be notified a second time when parts to fix the problem become available.

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Owners will be instructed to bring their vans to certified dealers which will replace the rear-wheel speed sensor with a more robust sensor, free of charge.

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Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse lineup in the luxury segment with 15 model lines ranging from the sporty A-Class Sedan to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT R. MBUSA is also responsible for Mercedes-Benz Vans in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at and

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.