Daimler will recall about 85,000 Mercedes Benz C- and E-class autos in the United States to fix a problem with power steering systems, the NHTSA said on Oct. 11.
"Other countries are affected as well," a Daimler spokesman said.
A problem with the steering system's pump could lead to a loss of fluid and "owners 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," the NHTSA said.
The Daimler spokesman stressed that drivers retained control of the car even in the event of a power steering failure.
Mercedes planned to fix the problem in 2010 and 2011 models this month by re-tightening a faulty fitting, the NHTSA website said.
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