Mercedes-Benz SLK ignition lock recall underway

A small number of Mercedes-Benz SLK vehicles sold in Australia are being recalled over a potentially dangerous fault in the ignition locking system.

Affecting only a total of 15 cars sold in Australia, between February and September last year, the Mercedes-Benz SLK recall is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

The ACCC recall notice advises that in the event of a failure of the main battery the electronic ignition lock will not be supplied with power by the backup battery. If the engine stops during use the electric parking brake and the transmission position “P” cannot be activated.

If the defect occurs, the vehicle cannot be restarted, and securing the vehicle against rolling would only be possible by operating the brake pedal, posing an accident hazard to the driver and other road users.

Mercedes-Benz Australia advises that they will be sending letters with more information on the recall to owners of affected vehicles.

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