Daimler Vans USA alerted owners of some 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter VS30s of a steering shaft problem and warned them to stop driving the affected vehicles.
In some instances, the steering shaft could disconnect from the steering gear, resulting in a sudden loss of steering, which would increase the risk of a crash.
Warning a customer against driving a recalled vehicle is unusual. Daimler also forbid dealers from selling the vans until they have been repaired. There are 1,909 of the vans in stock on dealer lots.
Daimler Vans USA reported 4,800 vehicles in the global recall, nearly all in the U.S. The affected vans were assembled from Aug. 1, 2018, to Jan. 22, 2019, the day a dealer experienced steering loss during a predelivery inspection.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealers will inspect the bolts connecting the steering shaft to the steering gear. They will fully tighten or adjust them as needed for free.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recall number is 19V-070.