The steering rack on up to 1,400 units of Mercedes' flagship sedan might 'not permanently withstand the stresses of driving.'
According to an international report, Mercedes-Benz has issued an 'immediate' recall of the new 2021 S-Class. As per the recall details, faulty inner tie rods are being cited as the main reason behind it and that the potential risk has been highlighted by one of Mercedes' component suppliers.
Rather shockingly, Mercedes claims that up to 1,400 units of the 2021 S-Class might be fitted with incorrect inner tie rods (that are shorter than the correct ones) as they may have been swapped during assembly. The short inner tie rods don't allow the outer tie rods to be screwed-in up to the minimum required depth. If this is the case then, as per Mercedes, '...the connection could not permanently withstand the stresses of driving...' In other terms, there's a very big risk of the steering failing, which can cause an accident.
All the recalled vehicles will undergo a thorough check and if the inner tie rods are found to be faulty, they'll be replaced free of cost. This is a bit worrying considering the fact that the 2021 S-Class is built at Daimler's swanky new Factory 56 facility in Sindelfingen, Germany, that's apparently been built at an eye-watering cost of €730 million! Tha same facility will also be the birthplace of the upcoming EQS and is also responsible for producing the new Maybach S-Class.
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