SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – Daimler Vans USA, LLC has agreed to a voluntary recall of certain 2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans which might have a manufacturing defect which could lead to loss of brake fluid and thus, negatively impact the vehicle’s braking ability.
The 98 vans within the recall population, produced between March 30 and May 4 in the company’s Charleston, S.C., plant might have a front-fender liner insufficiently located from the brake hose. Subsequently, the front suspension might rub against the brake hose, eventually causing a leak and loss of brake fluid.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Part 573 Safety Recall Report 21V-933, “Over time, if the operator were to ignore the brake fluid warning indicator and continue to operate the vehicle until the brake fluid runs dry, this could extend the vehicle’s braking distance and increase the risk of a crash.”
Pedal Issue Leads to Sprinter Recall
In addition to illumination of the instrument-cluster warning light, “the driver may observe extended braking pedal travel and a soft brake pedal,” according to NHTSA.
The remedy will be inspection followed by, if necessary, replacement of the brake hose and trimming of the fender liner.
Dealers are scheduled to begin being notified of this voluntary recall Jan. 17, 2022; owners are scheduled to begin being notified Jan. 24, 2022.