Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for its V-Class people-mover and Vito vans sold between June 2017 to 8 December 2017 due to faulty wheel bearings on the front axle. There are 16 models affected by the recall across the two ranges that need to have the issue fixed.
The recall states that the retaining rings of the wheel bearings on the front axle may not be correctly engaged and if so, may drift. The worst-case scenario is the loss of one or both front wheels, resulting in a loss of steering and the chance of a serious incident occurring dramatically increased.
Possible early warning signs include the ABS sensor fault warning light coming on and noises from the service brake, in which case, the vehicle should be taken to a Mercedes-Benz commercial dealership immediately.
Product Safety Australia has provided a list of all affected vehicles here. Concerned owners can also contact their nearest Mercedes retailer for further information.