Below are some photos of a damaged assembly, Particularly the brake light circuit. The damage created was deep pitting at the contact point of bulb housing.
Final image is my repair.
Obviously not a correction to the actual problem, but it should temporarily correct functionality.
UPDATE: Just received this info from MBUSA:
Thank you for your email to Mercedes-Benz USA.
The recall #: 2006080005 was performed on your car on 4/19/07 at 53,110 miles and is closed.
There are no open recalls or service campaigns available at this time for your 2002 SLK230.
We appreciate the opportunity to respond. Have an enjoyable day.
-----------------------The photos attached to the original post we're of the updated lens! OBVIOUSLY the update was not a viable repair or correction------------- So-far no troubles with my repair.