Mercedes-Benz recalls all-season rubber floor mats sold for M-Class

Article by Christian A., on August 14, 2012

Because of a crash risk, Mercedes-Benz has announced the issuance of a recall for all-season rubber floor mats sold as accessories in model years 2012-13 M class SUVs in the U.S. The safety regulators say that the gas pedal may be stuck, raising the chances of a crash. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Daimler AG's Mercedes said 8,675 of the floor mats have been sold in the United States.

Mercedes advised owners that until the mat has been replaced, they simply have to take away the floor mats. The recall doesn’t cover the regular floor mats that are standard with every M class vehicle.

Mercedes said that it has not received reports that the issue has resulted to injuries or accidents. A spokesman said that this part is sold as an accessory by its dealers throughout the world. However, he didn’t have a total number affected. The documents also reveal that the floor mats don’t totally conform to the contour of the floor pan.

When this happens, the gas pedal may not retract after the driver stops applying pressure so the car may not slow as expected. Mercedes said that its vehicles have a brake override function but a depressed brake is prioritized if the gas pedal is also depressed. A recall, slated to start by September, will offer a modified replacement floor mat, according to the NHTSA.

The new generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class offers the latest in automotive technology, thereby setting new standards in the premium SUV segment. These technologies have allowed the new M-Class to offer excellent energy efficiency, outstanding driving dynamics, splendid ride comfort combined and high standards of passive safety as well as superior interior ergonomics.

Compared to the previous model, the third-generation M-Class – on average – consumes 25 percent fuel. This marks the first time that Mercedes was able to make such huge cut in fuel efficiency when introducing a new SUV model. Such high level of fuel efficiency is thanks to several factors like its advanced engines, extensive BlueEFFICIENCY measures and a top-of-the-class coefficient of drag value (0.32 Cd).

In addition, the new-gen M-Class makes use of new development tools like the so-called "energy-transparent vehicle." To illustrate, the Mercedes ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC is around 28 percent more fuel efficient than its comparable previous model as it only eats up 6.0 liters of fuel per 100 km on the NEDC driving cycle and emits only 158 grams of carbon dioxide per km. Moreover, the new ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC has a range of around 1,500 kilometers.

In accordance to Mercedes’ brand philosophy, the new M-Class embodies the so-called Real Life Safety, a holistic safety concept derived from what occurs during an actual accident situation. To provide a high level of safety, the new M-Class is provided with high-strength passenger cell as well as front and rear deformation zones. In addition, assistance systems from the S-Class and E-Class are expected to boost the capabilities of the active safety and driver-fitness safety systems in the new M-Class.

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