13 May 2004

Owners of all current SL roadster and E-Class models – both saloons built from March 2002 and estates from March 2003 – are being asked to visit their local Mercedes-Benz dealer as part of a Europe-wide recall affecting the cars’ SBC brake control systems. The system has been known to fail without warning, prompting a switch to the emergency hydraulic front brakes which the German firm claims are more than capable of bringing the car safely to a halt. Only around one in a thousand vehicles are said to be affected – most of them high-mileage models that endure frequent braking, such as inner-city taxis – but Mercedes is recalling all 35,000 UK-based vehicles just in case.

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