ESP Fault Brings Mercedes-Benz SUV Recall

ATLANTA – Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC has agreed to recall certain sport utility vehicles 2020-21 which may have electronic stability program (ESP) units which need software updating to cope with a specific type of evasive-driving action.

The company will be recalling 41,838 2020-21 GLE450 (4451), 2020-21 GLE350 (37,383), 2020 GLE580 (2), 2020 GLS450 (1) and 2020 GLS 580 (1) vehicles which may suffer from a system software fault which could cause the vehicle to pull to one side during a certain evasive driving maneuver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-071 this condition could lead to a crash.

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The report also outlined the company’s investigation of the problem which “considered the likelihood of this particular driving maneuver and found that the particular S-turn maneuver was unlikely to occur under real world driving conditions. However, if it did occur, the driver is likely to initiate vehicle braking as an immediate reaction or, the automatic emergency brake assist feature would activate to prevent the front wheel from pulling the vehicle to one side.”

Mercedes-Benz dealers will be notified about the recall this week followed in April by notification of customers. Owners will be advised to bring their Mercedes-Benz SUV to an authorized dealer to have the ESP software updated.

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.