The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says the loose power-steering cooling hose on 102,954 Mercedes M-Class SUVs from model years 1998 to 2003 could result in diminished power steering and, ultimately, damage to the power steering pump. The safety agency warns that the problem "could result in a loss of control and a crash without warning."
The news agency also said that it's uncertain if any accidents or injuries can be blamed on the problem. What is immediate is the panic drivers could feel if their vehicles lose power steering due to a defective clamp used to secure a cooling hose for the system.
The recall, which is expected to begin in October, is a follow-up to a similar recall issued for the M-Class SUVs which may not have completely addressed the problem. But in order to be covered by the recall, drivers must get their vehicles in to a dealer before November 15.--Colin Mathews