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Automobile Defect Prompts Mercedes-Benz Recall of 13,000 SUVs

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Mercedes-Benz has announced a recall of more than 13,000SUVS to fix a cruise control defect.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall affects M-Class vehicles built between August 1999and July 2002, as well as M-Class AMG vehicles built from August 1999 to June2004. The recall, which is expected to begin in September, is due to a problem from a plunger in the brake-light switch that can get stuck, preventing the cruise-control unit from disengaging. Difficulty or delay in disengaging cruise-control increases the risk of a car accident.

Mercedes-Benz noted that drivers of the affected vehicles can deactivate the cruise system by using a control stalk on the steer column,tapping the brake pedal, or by braking enough to reach a certain speed of deceleration. The company says, however, that under certain circumstances using the brake pedal may not automatically disengage cruise control, as expected by the driver.

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