Daimler AG will recall 9,471 of its Metris vans across 22 states, beginning May 27, according to documents from the U.S. National National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The German automaker said it will launch a recall of the vehicles in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The recall also includes vehicles in Washington, D.C. The Metris vans in question were produced between Feb. 2, 2015, and Aug. 31, 2016.
The aluminum bolts that attach the model's steering gear housing cover to the power pack can corrode and fracture due to moisture and road salt, potentially leading to the loss of power steering assist.
"If all three of the mounting bolts on the power pack become compromised, the power pack could separate from the steering gear and cause the power steering to fail, increasing the risk of a crash," Daimler said in the filing.
To address the issue, the company will replace, at no cost, the aluminum bolts with steel bolts and apply additional wax to the steering gear.