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X-Class recalled due to brake fault

By Tristan Tancredi, 06 Aug 2020 News

X-Class recalled due to brake fault

Software glitch which can slam on the brakes unexpectedly forces the recall of 5826 X-Class vehicles fitted with the Active Brake Assist system.

MERCEDES-Benz X-Class models (MY2018-2019) with Active Brake Assist fitted have been recalled due to a fault with the Brake Assist system software.

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According to the ACCC recall report, the Active Brake Assist system may mistakenly detect an obstacle and brake suddenly or unexpectedly. The obvious safety concern with the defect is the increased risk of an accident.

The recall affects a total of 5826 vehicles sold nationally between February 1, 2018 and August 30, 2019. For a complete VIN list of affected vehicles, click HERE.

X-Class owners affected by the recall are asked to contact their Mercedes-Benz retailer for a free software update.

"The software for the DAS control unit and front radar sensor will be re-calibrated to reduce the 'cone' angle used to monitor the area in front of the vehicle," Blake Vincent, Mercedes-Benz Vans' PR and Corporate Communications Manager, told WhichCar. "This was set too high in certain X-Class vehicles."


The Navara-based X-Class was discontinued earlier this year, less than three years since it was launched to specific markets around the globe including Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand and within Europe, but not the USA.

Buyers in Australia were hesitant to fork over their hard-earned for the premium ute offering, and it struggled on the sales charts before it was eventually cut from the Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia line-up.