Mercedes Benz has recalled over 85,000 of it 2010-11 C-Class and E-Class sedans and 2010-11 E-Class coupe and cabriolet cars because of concerns over the potential failure of the power steeling units of these vehicles, due to the loss of power steering fluid. Mercedes-Benz has been quoted at stating that if the failure occurs, drivers “….may not have sufficient control of the vehicle in areas, such as parking lots, where maximum power steering is required, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.”
What many drivers accustomed to operating luxury vehicles such as the Mercedes Benz C and E-Class sedans and coupes may not realize is that without a functioning power steering system the amount of effort required to properly turn or steer a vehicle is quite significant. Although, the general engineering principals behind the designs of most contemporary vehicles disperse much of the direct torque and weight involved in and necessary to actually move a multi-ton mechanical vehicle without the assistance of a proper functioning power steering unit; the operator needs to physically transfer the mass of weight in that vehicle in its attempt to change direction.
Particular attention to this need for recall will exist in slower speed operations of these vehicles such as in parking lots or in attempting to steer the vehicle away from a sudden emergent scenario, which usually occurs at slower speeds; since the operator will lack the momentum of the vehicles speedy travel to assist it in effectively changing direction without the assistance of a properly operating power steering unit.
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