Latest model Mercedes-Benz S580 car driving on the highway at a speed of 98 km/h.
You suddenly lose speed in the middle of the road.
He changes lanes quickly to avoid the car behind him, but a 25 tonne truck is running in the next lane.
The lorry managed to swerve and avoid the disaster at the dizzying moment of being hit.
[박 모 씨 / 벤츠 차주 : 한 몇 초 만에 차가 어떻게 동작할 수도 없이 서버리니까. 너무 놀랐죠. 어떻게 손 쓸 방법이 없었어요. 한 3~4분 정도 고속도로 가운데에서 나가지도 못하고….]
A bought the car in mid-June last year.
Since then, the same thing has happened five times.
This time, I thought I could have died, and I suffered so much that I received psychiatric treatment, but Mercedes-Benz and the dealership shifted the blame to each other.
[박 모 씨 / 벤츠 차주 : 벤츠 코리아에서는 차량 판매한테 (책임을) 미루고, (판매사 측에선) 중대결함이니까 벤츠 코리아에서 책임지는 거 아니냐고…. (교환한다고 하니) 5천만 원을 감가상각비로 저한테 요구했어요. 그러면서 장기간으로 가면 고객한테 손해다 이런 식으로 회유하고….]
The successive Benz S580 engine shutdown problem is assumed to be a 48V battery related defect.
Mercedes-Benz also performed free repairs for other models using the same battery last year.
However, the related agency, the Ministry of Lands, Infrastructure and Transport, has been investigating deficiencies for over a year and three months.
The subject of the investigation by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport is a sub-model with similar problems as the CLS, but the Mercedes-Benz side draws a line saying that it is separate from the problem that appears in the top – end model S580.
Moreover, even if the results of the investigation are released, it is very likely that the recall will not result in a mandatory correction order on the manufacturer.
This is because there is no clear regulation in Korea, unlike Japan and other countries, which states that defects that prevent automobiles from starting are subject to recall.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport explained that it is difficult to conclude that the problem with the S580, which has been confirmed in the investigation so far, is a defect affecting safety, as it is estimated that is the engine off. while driving but restarts after stopping.
[하종선 / 자동차 전문 변호사 : 고속도로에서 3분간 정차돼 있다고 하는 것은 엄청난 후방 충돌 위험에 시달리는 것이기 때문에 당연히 안전에 엄청난 위험을 받은 거고 리콜 대상으로 보아야 합니다.]
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport recently completed the preliminary investigation and started the main investigation, with the results expected to come out after next year.
In order to make a decision on whether to recall or not, it seems that the driver’s unsettled driving will continue for a while, as a discussion committee will have to go through it afterwards.
This is Kim Hye-rin’s YTN.
Cinematographer: Yoon So-jeong
Graphics: Park Ji-win
News Subtitle: Choi Ji-hye
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