Mercedes-Benz Recalls Small Cars and SUVs Due to Front-Axle Corrosion Risk

Certain A-Class and GLB-Class models are involved in this action

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLB parked Photo: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 38,312 small cars and SUVs because a carrier for the front axle may corrode, causing it to fail, affecting steering ability and thereby increasing the risk of a crash. 

This component was found not to have adequate corrosion protection to serve the lifetime of the vehicle on certain A-Class and GLB-Class vehicles. 

The automaker reports that there have not been any customer complaints. 

Owners will be notified of this recall in mid-February 2022. 

The Details

Vehicles Recalled

  • 2019 to 2020 A220
  • 2020 GLB250
  • 2021 AMG GLB35

The problem: The integral carrier that supports the front axle may corrode, causing it to fail.

The fix: Dealers will inspect the integral carrier, and replace it if necessary, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz USA customer service at 800-367-6372.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V-990

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

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