Mercedes recalls almost 1m cars over faulty brakes

German carmaker Mercedes-Benz is recalling almost 1m older vehicles from around the world because of potential problems with their braking system.
Over the weekend, the company said it will contact owners of the vehicles as their brakes may be affected by what it called "advanced corrosion".

The recall affects a total of 993,407 vehicles, including 70,000 in Germany.
"We have found that in some of those vehicles, the function of the brake booster could be affected by advanced corrosion in the joint area of the housing," Mercedes said in a statement on Saturday.

"It might be possible for a particularly strong or hard braking manoeuvre to cause mechanical damage to the brake booster," it said.

"In such a very rare case, it would not be possible to decelerate the vehicle via the service brake. Thus the risk of a crash or injury would be increased," it added.

Mercedes said it is starting the recall immediately and that the process would involve inspecting the potentially faulty vehicles and replacing parts if necessary.